Sauvignon is best when young

Stanley Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough
Stanley Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough
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Sunday happens to be Sauvignon Blanc Day, so in celebration here are my current three favourite New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, all from the very good 2011 vintage.

When it comes to Sauvignon Blanc always drink the youngest available.

Jackson Estate ‘Sitch’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Waitrose £12.79), from one of Marlborough’s oldest producers and named after the founder of the estate, is beautifully-judged wine with lime and gooseberry and racy acidity.

A relative newcomer is Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 201, Marlborough (tesco.com, equivalent to £12 per bottle by the case). This is more tropical with citrus and bell peppers.

Top tipple

Stanley Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough

The 2010 vintage is really good with gooseberries, lime, a hint of passion fruit and a mineral backbone.

Hermitage Cellars £11.50