Many more of us are drinking wine and if you are anything like I was
10 years ago, I didn't know my Sauvignon from my Chardonnay or my Cabernet
from my Shiraz. I would go to the supermarket and buy whatever was on
special offer, regardless of what the wine was. I would often get home,
open the wine and think, "No! don't like that, it will have to
go in the cooking pot."
Through Kilburn Wine Circle, I have, over the last 9 years learnt more
about wine, about the country of origin and most of all, what it is
I like about some wines over others.
Now I still buy wines that are on special offer, but a bit more selectively,
as I know which grape varieties I like and which one's I don't. I certainly
don't waste as much wine in the cooking pot as I used to.
This month I thought I would write about a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
I enjoy. I had a recent holiday in New Zealand and of course, managed
to visit a few wineries while there. The result is I am converted by
the consistent quality and flavour of their wines.
Brand: Villa Maria
Range: Private Bin
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol Strength: 13.5 %
The colour – A very pale straw colour
The bouquet – You can usually tell a sauvignon blanc by the gooseberry
and citrus lime smell it gives off.
Flavour - My initial taste is a soft melon followed by a sharp citrus
flavour and a strong lingering taste of gooseberries.
This is a crisp and fresh wine that goes very well with seafood, shellfish,
salads and vegetable dishes. Personally I enjoy drinking it on a hot
afternoon in the garden and just savouring the wonderful aromas and
lingering aftertaste it gives you.
Available from Asda, Somerfield and Tesco.
Price: £7 to £8 depending on the retailer.