Wairau Cove, Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough, NZ, 2012.
Sauvignon blanc, 13% abv, screw cap closure; widely available, about £5 (2012).
Imported in bulk, bottled in the UK.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose : clean on the nose, pronounced intensity, youthful, with a dominant opening aroma of stewed green gooseberry, with a merest richer rounding hint of passionfruit.
Palate : the wine is dry, with high acidity, medium alcohol, medium (-) body, with a pronounced intensity, with flavours of stewed green gooseberry, with a slight hint of coconut, with a long length and a fresh clean finish.
Quality and comment: a wine of acceptable quality, but monotone – alcoholic fruit juice comes to mind – this is more like yesterday’s New World style, today. Acidity and alcohol are balanced, and the finish is long, crisp and clean.