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SAM WYLIE-HARRIS ON... THE MOST MOUTH-WATERING BOTTLES OF SAUVIGNON BLANC
FROM the elegance of Sancerre to the bright and punchy flavours of Marlborough sauvignon blanc, this refreshing white comes in a variety of styles from around the world. Luckily, the spectrum of styles supermarkets are offering under their own label is wider than ever – and with attractive price points. Here are some zesty styles to try now...
Cimarosa Malborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Marlborough, New Zealand (£5.99, Lidl):
Here’s a sunny surprise. Convincingly good with scents of passion fruit and blossom, it captures sauvignon blanc’s vibrant character with its zesty, citrus flavours, fruity freshness and subtle mineral notes. A steal.
Tesco Finest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018, New Zealand (£6.50 from £8.50, now until May 6, Tesco):
Savvy blanc devotees will relish the maritime freshness resonating through the concentrated flavours of gooseberry, passion fruit and a ripe mix of tropical fruits. It has a fresh, herbal finish that’s energising and uplifting. Delicious from beginning to end.
Co-op Irresistible Explorer’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018, New Zealand (£7.50, Co-op, in-store only):
With appealing aromatics of honeysuckle and gooseberry, elegant passion fruit flavours unfold with a delightful little nettle-like tingle, and a minerally complexity accompanies the wine’s lovely long finish. Delicious with vegetarian dishes.
Waitrose Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Touraine, France (£7.99, Waitrose):
Touraine offers excellent value compared to fine wine labels from Sancerre and PouillyFume in the Upper Loire. The perfect balance of freshness, limey, lemony goodness and natural acidity to pair beautifully with goat’s cheese.
Riveras Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Leyda Valley, Chile (£9.99, Aldi):
Chile’s near perfect growing conditions can give New Zealand a run for its money, and this is seductively aromatic with a melange of passion fruit, peach, delicate lime, citrus and peach, as well as some leafy, herbal notes. Just delicious.
Domaine Michel Thomas Sancerre 2018, Sancerre AOC, France (£17.99, Laithwaite’s):
The chalky clay soils of Sancerre produce wines with real poise, such as this pure, polished white. Intense and zingy with a stony, minerally character and hits of ripe citrus, green apple and freshly cut grass, there’s tingling acidity on the finish which ends with a zest of lime.