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Marks & Spencer Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Marlborough Estate Marks & Spencer Mixed Case £45 Screw Top 13.5% Picnic Time! The great outdoors beckons
Posted 22nd November 2010        
     

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Sauvignon Blanc
New Zealand
Marlborough Estate
Marks & Spencer
Mixed Case
£45
Screw Top
13.5%

Picnic Time!

The great outdoors beckons with this Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough Estate on New Zealand’s South Island. A little fact for you is that not one vineyard on the South Island is more than 80 miles from the coast. I understand this to be one of the first wines to be bottled with a screw top in commercial quantities, great idea for picnics. It was a really hot day so we chilled it very well, although the label says to lightly chill.

The label shows a map of New Zealand but when it has condensation on it, it becomes like blotting paper and looks more like a map of the world.

There is a wonderfully consistent gooseberry flavour which is what you would expect from a new world, New Zealand wine, also coming through was a hint of ripe green pears and lemongrass. It is slightly acidic and the colour of my favourite citrine jewellery.

We took Greek Salad and Fresh Prawns on our picnic which went fabulously with this wine and quenched our thirst well. We thought about taking Sushi as Sauvignon Blanc is known as one of the few wines that pairs well with the RAW fish!

There was no aftertaste with this exhilarating dry white wine and we give it a 10/10.

We have made a well worn route back to M&S fetching more of this wine to last us the rest of the summer as it needs to be drunk young and has no benefit from ageing.

     

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Julie & Neil Swift
We are both 51 years of age and have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.