Savvy sauvignons

Cape Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc 2014, South Africa
Cape Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc 2014, South Africa
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A conversation with a local restaurateur last week confirmed something I’ve sensed for a while – New Zealand sauvignon blanc might be losing its appeal.

Marlborough sauvignon blanc can become a bit too much, too much passion fruit and gooseberry. Maybe I’m wrong, but here’s one classic Marlborough-style wine and two from elsewhere to compare.

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough (Majestic £13.49, £8.99 for two) from the Awatere Valley has grapefruit, guava and a juicy, tangy palate with zesty acidity.

Sancerre 2014, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference (£13), from one of the region’s best winemakers is elegant with grassy notes and minerals, a million miles from Marlborough. My top tipple is Cape Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc 2014, South Africa (M&S £10). It’s produced for M&S by Cape Point Vineyards and is a gorgeous sauvignon blanc with green herbs and grapefruit and a perfect balance between fruits and acidity on the palate. Try with seafood as summer turns to autumn.