on the grapevine

SAM WYLIE-HAR­RIS ON... THE MOST MOUTH-WA­TER­ING BOTTLES OF SAUVI­GNON BLANC

Bangor Mail - - The Food Focus -

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.

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