Reports from many of Europe’s vineyard areas suggest that heavy rains have put back the growing season by as much as three weeks.
Much the same has been true for other crops including the arrival of British asparagus. With the season normally running from May 1 until the end of June, it was at least two weeks late this year.
Sauvignon Blanc is asparagus’s preferred partner. It has one of those classic tastes of early summer. Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough (Majestic, buy two bottles at £5.99 each until June 10) must be this week’s best sauvignon.
It’s really fresh with lime, green herbs and passion fruit on the nose, with more lime and crunchy acidity on the palate. It’s obvious but a real crowd pleaser. Try this with a salad of asparagus and roasted baby tomatoes.
Jackson Estate ‘Stich’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough
One of the original Marlborough estates, it still produces the goods. This is an elegant, classy kiwi sauvignon blanc with passion fruit, nettles and gooseberry on the nose. This is followed by a zesty, crunchy palate with gooseberry, minerals and a long finish. It’s perfect with grilled asparagus with shaved Parmesan.
Waitrose £9.49 until June 11, Majestic buy two bottles for £9.99.