It’s not Richard’s, it’s mine. The fact that this wine is called “Richard’s” does make you want to find out who Richard is. Disappointingly he’s not the guy pictured on the bottle. He’s Richard Kershaw and he’s busily making Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa.
I’ll concede that South Africa isn’t the first place I look for wines, but this one came in a mixed case, so I gave it a go.
I wasn’t expecting much, it was priced at the lower end of the spectrum, but not the bargain bucket point. A good glass had already gone in a shrimp risotto before I tried it.
It looked almost green, although pale, and it smelled encouraging. There was plenty of fruit and something almost, but not quite grassy. No cat’s pee and no gooseberries though.
It was dry with some sweetness coming through from fruit that was almost tropical, there was a good zip of acidity to stop that feeling flabby though. There was lots of veginess, grass almost going all the way to rocket, but in a good way.
This Naked Wines choice was much better than I’d expected from price point, location, name and label. I’d serve it again, cold on a warm summer evening.