Just when I thought that my palate was really beginning to get a little jaded with sauvignon blanc overload, along come two wines that remind me just why we all love this variety so much.
Greywacke Estate is a new Marlborough producer and is the result of a long-held dream of Kevin Judd. His 2010 is a stunner, very aromatic with grapefruit, green fruits and minerals with a very fresh, zesty palate. This is a serious wine that you’ll need to track down, but it will be worth it. Try nzhouseofwine.co.uk (£13.39).
Changing continents, serious Chilean sauvignon blanc is still something of a rarity, but a single vineyard wine from producer Errazuriz is proof that there is potential here.
Errazuriz ‘Aconcagua Costa’ Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Valle de Aconcagua
Intense nose of citrus, passion fruit and capsicum, then lively palate.