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.
D.O Valle Del Maule - Chile
From the bottle
This noble wine is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Heavy rains were experience during the late harvest of the grapes, bringing as a consequence a higher level of sugar than normal in these. The result is a wine with complex taste of honey, together with a special feeling of mature fruit.. Perfect appetizer and accompanies all sweets and desserts. Serve at 10c
Price £5.99 (Available from Budgens)
On the nose this wine gives off aromas of tropical fruits, peach and even a hint of candied orange peel., and as expected with a late harvest the smell of honey makes a welcome appearance.
Dessert wines are usually known for being very sweet and having a sticky mouth-feel, however this wine is actually quite light. This alongside the fact that it was slightly more citrus than the aroma would lead you to believe, made it surprisingly fresh. This was drunk with honeycomb and clotted cream ice-cream, however after tasting, this wine would actually be best suited to pair with something like a fruit tart... A good choice for those who don't like their dessert wine too rich or overtly sweet.
Although we are aware that you technically get less your your money, It is usual for dessert wines to be in half bottles and more expensive due to the harder process to produce a bottle.
With a taste rating of 7 and cost rating of 9 the overall rating is 7.5 buy the bottle.