Sauvignon Blanc…Marlborough Style…

Sauvignon Blanc…Marlborough Style…

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

One of the major wine regions in New Zealand is Marlborough. Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc, from Montana Wines, caused quite a stir in 1973 with its cut grass pungency. It was seen as uniquely New Zealand and unable to be replicated elsewhere. Since, Marlborough has burst forth as a premier wine region and now boasts 53% of all New Zealand’s vineyards. It is incredible that in just 30 years they have built up such a reputation. Marlborough has a number of things that sit right with Sauvignon; protected to the west by mountains, plenty of sunshine and a long growing season that ensures grapes ripen fully, and are bursting with flavours. Soil is important too: the region’s fertile silty soils produce a zingy style of sauvignon, while the stony sites, where the heat is trapped during the day and released at night, result in a less aggressive wine. Virtually every one of Marlborough’s 68 wineries now produces Sauvignon Blanc, but styles differ: some are fiercely herbal, while others are ripe and tropical.

Heart of Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand, 13.5%, €12.99

Ripe gooseberry, tropical fruits and passionfruit galore. The palate has good mouthfeel; gooseberries, tropical fruits and spice characters. Clean and crisp finish abundant with tropical fruits.

Perfect alone or with prawns, scallops, mussels, battered cod, Indian, thai curry, salads with bacon…..

This Week’s Snippet of Info…

I like Sauvignon blanc, what other wines might I like?

Sauvignon blanc is the grape used to make Sancerre and Pouilly-fume in the Central Loire Valley in France. These wines are crisp and steely with gooseberry and grapefruit fruit. Bordeaux whites also use Sauvignon blanc which is grassy and vegetal, a little like a green pepper. They generally blend Semillon with their Sauvignon blanc which adds a hint of honey.

Available from Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon

And good independent Off Licences