One of the world’s most popular white wines, Sam Wylie-Harris has set his sights on sauvignon blanc.
It’s a sensational time to drink sauvignon blanc. These crunchy and aromatic wines go wonderfully with seasonal shellfish (they are natural with oysters) and seafood, sweet and spicy Asian cuisine, not to mention green salads with herbs, vegetable dishes and cheese. Goat.
And with value and consistency, one of Sauvignon’s hallmarks, alongside variety of styles from around the world – most have a common thread of lemony, herbaceous, herbaceous notes, tropical flavors such as the fruit of the passion and juicy acidity – is it any wonder that these bright notes, punchy “green” wines are perfectly in tune with the last days of summer?
Before the anticipation of the flavors of autumn and the turning of the leaves, here are seven reasons to pick this wonderfully aromatic and edible grape …
1. Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc 2020, South Australia, Â£ 6, Sainsbury’s
Lively and juicy, this little gem is Australian through and through. With hints of passion fruit, lemon-lime, tropical and peach flavors, a satisfying herbal note and a tangy, refreshing finish, it’s instantly uplifting and a good deal for the price. One for the Thai crab salad.
2.Bruce Jack Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Western Cape, South Africa, Â£ 7, Asda
With herbal aromas galore and showing notes of gooseberry, lime zest, green apple, lemongrass with mouth-watering acidity and a lime zest on the finish, this one is a winner with spicy dishes and flavors. mild chicken curries.
3. Tesco Finest South African Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Â£ 7.50, Tesco
Intense and tangy with lots of grapefruit, currant, cut grass and nettles infused with lime and quince, this is a racy style of sauvignon with crisp and refreshing acidity that can cover the entire range between donuts. spicy crab, chicken pasta and garlic shrimp. Uplifting and lots of fun.
4.M&S Classics Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Casablanca Valley, Chile, Â£ 8, Marks & Spencer stores
A charming example of Chile, lively and ripe. Attractive aromas of lime and passion fruit lead to more delicious flavors of passion fruit, melon and nectarine, with a fresh and tangy finish, elegant structure and a long finish. Think the classic ceviche … delicious.
5. Abbesse Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Vin de France, France, Â£ 10.49, Laithwaite’s
Sauvignon blanc lovers will appreciate the lemony freshness here aligned with a ripe blend of red currant, melon and passion fruit, supported by herbal notes and a touch of lime zest on the finish. Fragrant and very refreshing with a lingering finish, try it with a seafood platter or a warm goat cheese salad.
6. The Gooseberry Bush Sauvignon Blanc Limited Edition 2021, Western Cape, South Africa, Â£ 11.99, Laithwaite’s
Showcasing lots of fresh green sprouts, as the label suggests, here we have ripe gooseberry and fresh cut grass that pops out of the glass, with hints of crunchy green apple, hints of lime and a juicy acidity. A lively, distinctive and beautifully balanced sauvignon.
7.Pyramid Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2019, North Canterbury, New Zealand, Â£ 18.99, Waitrose
Marlborough may have put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the map, but this succulent and vibrant white from the Waipara Valley on the South Island has a wonderfully pure taste and is worth seeking out. A fabulously fruity scent affair with bright, fleshy tropical fruit, think ripe melon and passion fruit with subtle herbal touches, herbal highlights, balanced acidity and a long, rounded finish. Exceptionally good.
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