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Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough

Closure: Screwcap ABV: 13.0% Retailer: Majestic Price: RRP £7.99 but often on a buy 2 save 20% deal - I paid £5.49. Check current price on the Majestic website I've been working my way through a few different New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's recently but I have to say that this one is my favourite. I first tasted it at Christmas last year when it went extremely well with the turkey dinner my brother-in-law had prepared and I've enjoyed it on a few occasions since. Most memorable was stocking up on it for my 30th birthday party when it seemed to be enjoyed by everyone. Tonight it went down well with a pizza/pasta dinner but it's a nice summer bottle to enjoy on it's own too.
Posted 17th August 2009        
     

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Closure: Screwcap
ABV: 13.0%
Retailer: Majestic
Price: RRP £7.99 but often on a buy 2 save 20% deal – I paid £5.49.
Check current price on the Majestic website

I’ve been working my way through a few different New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s recently but I have to say that this one is my favourite. I first tasted it at Christmas last year when it went extremely well with the turkey dinner my brother-in-law had prepared and I’ve enjoyed it on a few occasions since. Most memorable was stocking up on it for my 30th birthday party when it seemed to be enjoyed by everyone. Tonight it went down well with a pizza/pasta dinner but it’s a nice summer bottle to enjoy on it’s own too.

Now that I’ve tried a few different Marlborough Sauvignons I think I’m going to take up an idea from Natalie Maclean‘s book – Red, White and Drunk All Over where she mentions the idea of having your own house wine. That would be a wine which I’ll make sure I always have in and would be happy to offer to anyone that visits. It’s not a hugely expensive wine but it’s a great value reliable wine which I can imagine anyone would be happy to enjoy.

The nose is bursting with the classic gooseberry aromas and it’s sharp on the palate with more gooseberry and lemon. It almost has a slight fizz and is just bursting with fruit flavour. Almost like those old Ribena ads where the flavour is bursting out but of course with gooseberry and not Ribena berrys! It’s far from subtle but has a good depth and long finish.

     

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