I confess – I drink very little Sauvignon Blanc. I have grown very tired of the identikit cat pee style of wine that New Zealand mastered and marketed so successfully that now everyone wants to make it.
Everyone bar the French, bien sûr.
So imagine my surprise when, on opening this bottle of wine and expecting the worst (that is, more of the same) I was faced with something completely different and yet still identifiably Sauvignon Blanc.
Rather than focussing on those pungent herbaceous characters this wine is much more restrained and shows off pineapple and passionfruit. It’s approachable, easy drinking and perfectly clean and correct with enough refreshing acidity to make you come back for me.
The best part is that this wine retails around the $9. Yes, that’s right. Just $9.
I think this is absolutely banging value and this is a wine I would not hesitate to buy as summer rolls around.
Also note its relatively low alcohol content.
(I also tried the Pinot Grigio in the same line. It didn’t excite me quite as much but it’s another wine that represents good value for money.)
Oxford Landing Estates, sample. RRP $8.99.