While the public’s appetite for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc appears to be insatiable it’s not unusual to hear a Margaret River winemaker question the greater difficulty in selling SBS/SSB’s. The problem that I have with this is two-fold. Good Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (and it can be very good) is remarkably different to good Margaret River Sauvignon Semillon blends…which kind of makes the query moot. Secondly, the hidden inference that a lot of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is rubbish, while true, doesn’t mean that the same can’t be said of its so called alternatives.
We’re in sharp, pungent nettle country here. Takes just a sniff to know. Passionfruit, capsicum, snapped peas, citrus and asparagus. As much vegetable as fruit. Dilute and wanes quickly. If this is what’s on offer then I’m going to opt for the V8 juice myself. 85
Region: Margaret River
Tasted: June 2014