Ara Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Marlborough, NZ)
Screwcap, $25, 13%?
I’ve never been a fan of Kiwi Savvy, but I can certainly understand the appeal. From a pure drinkability point of view, I can see how easy it would be to empty a bottle full of this with some fish & chips on a Friday night. I’d argue that a good Clare Riesling could do the same or better, but who am I to dispute Australia’s favourite white wine?
This is another product of the Ara subregion/appellation/thing, and another astute wine. Wineries new to the market could learn alot from the attention to detail here – the eye catching packaging gives an implied level of sophistication, which is then backed up by what is well made & drinkable wine, at a very reasonable price, and all with a story (check out the website). No product of South Eastern Australia here.
Bright green in colour, it smells like traditional, methoxy edged Marlborough Sauv. Nettles, stalks, green grass & just a hint of smoked asparagus like development. The palate shows some juicy mid palate richness, supported by just a splash of residual sugar and drying, green fruit acidity.
Well balanced and entirely likable, this leans towards the more classic Marlborough style which I really prefer. It finishes a bit early, but in all honesty, its intended drinker will never notice. This Composite is bound to be popular, leaving only the real Savvy enthusiasts wanting. 17.1