Malborough, New Zealand
From the bottle
'... zesty and vibrant with tropical fruit, kaffir lime, lemongrass and herb aromas. The palate... generous fruit, juicy acidity and fresh dry finish'
Price £6.66 -£9.99 Available from Ocado, Tesco, Sainsburys Majestic* (*cheaper when two bottles brought in same offer category)
A recent survey by Laithwaite's Wine declared that Sauvignon Blanc is Britain's favourite wine grape. (Although I might take this data with a pinch of salt as I'm not sure their customers represent a truly typical cross section of society.) This grape variety originated from the Bordeaux region in France with the name coming from sauvage "wild" and blanc "white" however, these days New Zealand is probably more synonymous with it.
This particular expression smells of grass, lime, hay and mango. The taste is zesty, grassy, juicy and dry with mango hints. There is noticeable acidity and a slight spritz which arises from this, which might be a tad too much for some, although would be good to cut through something slightly creamy like chicken thai green curry.
Worth scraping pennies together for on the cheaper end of price scale.
Gassin, Côtes de Provence, France
From the bottle
Price £14.99 Available from Majestic (£9.99 when two bottles brought in same offer)
Pale salmon pink in a sexy bottle that has curves to rival a pin up model. With nothing to go on regarding the label, I think Chateau Minuty were looking to produce a wine that spoke for itself, and it does.
A gorgeous nose of strawberries and toffee bonbons, although don't let that put you off by thinking this a sweet wine. Made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Tiboren the palate is dry with a refreshing citrus twang. A good rosé to get white wine drinkers to try.
Buy it now
Valle de Aconcagua, Chile
From the bottle
'Cool fermented and lightly oaked. Aromas of fresh strawberries and cherries complemented by a touch of violets and damp earth. Light bodied and crisp with soft tannins and a pleasing well rounded finish. Serve with grilled salmon or tuna or cold avocado soup'
Price Available from Asda (£10.45) or Majestic £11.99 (£7.99 when two bottles brought in same offer)
Well I don't know about you, but I do find it rather helpful when there is a serving suggestion on a label. Not only does it help me understand the wine a little more, if it's a particular goodun, it might even shake up what I throw into my food basket (depending on whether it sounds like too much effort after a 10 hour day at work)
'Grilled salmon' I read. Mmmm yeah yummy and healthy, not much work involved, great idea I think. 'Tuna' Ohh nice, makes a change to beef steak and I haven't had it in a while.
'Cold avocado soup' Erm, come again?
Now I'm no food prude. I love a good gazpacho, on a hot summers day and a ripe avocado that spreads like butter is blissful on toast will marmite (don't knock it till you've tried it). But cold avocado soup? Come on mate, let's not be silly. You are basically suggesting I eat a meal just consisting of Guacamole. I am a grown woman. I need more sustenance than that.
Food pairings aside, when opened up this wine has aromas of cherry jam with a slight smokiness and indeed a hint of damp earth. The palate matches the aroma profile with slight acidity following through. Light bodied with just noticeable tannins. A perfectly good example of warm climate Pinot, but it just didn't knock my socks off. Maybe I should have drunk it with the avocado soup after all...
Rating - Wouldn't turn down a free glass