Tiki Ridge, Reserve Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand, 2017
This wine: lot No. L17291, varietal sauvignon blanc, screw cap closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, £9 (02/18)
Consumer tasting note: pale lemon hued, unmistakably sauvignon blanc, with highly perfumed aromas dominated by passion fruit, a little confected, with an edge of green pepper and a touch of ripe citrus; medium bodied with fresh acidity, with a palate of green pepper and passion fruit. Finishes long. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears, and a rapidly dissipating light spritz.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of passion fruit, a perfumed sugary note of confectionery, an edge of green pepper, ripe green gooseberry, over-ripe grapefruit.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, pronounced intensity, a smooth texture and a low-key grip, with flavours of green pepper, passion fruit. A long length, with a clean green pepper – passion fruit finish, with more of a grip on the end.
Quality: good, well made but fairly simple; a sound balance of fresh acidity with alcohol; a strong intensity with slightly lesser concentration; initially almost monotone, certainly dominated by far, with a note of passion fruit, the mid-palate more so; has spent some time on the lees to generate a noticeable grip; finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing – a sound balance, a strong but fairly simple youthful character, created for immediate consumption.