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.
Yenda, South Eastern Australia
From the bottle
'Aromas: Strawberry, musk and freshly crushed grapes
Flavours: Fresh strawberries, candy floss and green apples...'
Price £5.99 (Available from Asda, Waitrose and Ocado)
Today there was a solar eclipse (which I did not manage to see) however, it was also the start of the astronomical season. That is to say that from now on the daytime is longer than the night.. huzzah! and it really did feel like the first day of spring.
The sun was out and I felt actual heat, so what better way to celebrate than with that most summery of wines, rose.
This pale salmon looking rose, smelt like strawberry bonbons and lemonade and tasted like it to. With a perfect amount of slight fizz, this sweet wine (made from Muscat grapes) is very easy drinking although the taste does leave the palate quickly and it feels pretty thin.
Definitely not a serious wine and only for those with a sweet tooth, but if that's you then this is a great choice to enjoy with friends at a (hopefully) sunny summer picnic in the park, as the lower alcohol means you (again hopefully...) won't get too tipsy!
Rating - Definitely worth scraping your pennies together