Classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc at its best. Check out the tasting notes below for more.
New Zealand at its best, showing tropical fruit, citrus and ripe peach associated with classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Lively melange of gooseberry and passion fruit on the nose, generously backed up with zesty, crisp lemon, passion fruit and peaches on the palate. Regular gold medal winner each vintage, in New Zealand, showing consistency of style and quality. A cocktail of elegant ripe fruit, finishing crisp and dry.
The flavors of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - and this is why it is so much loved - are powerful and aromatic: citrus, gooseberry and passionfruit in spades. So you need big flavors on your plate to stand up to it. Here are top suggestions:
Asian-style seafood dishes - oysters, scallops, crab, clams, lobster, prawns - any shellfish with zingy flavors or a citrus or garlic marinade or dressing.
Thai food generally. A Thai green chicken curry or a Thai-style chicken salad is ace.
Grilled fish especially squid or swordfish.
Dishes with herbs and greens - salmon with dill, for instance, but great with recipes that contain basil, coriander, rocket and especially mint. Like lamb with salsa verde.
Salads with goats cheese and feta, asparagus, avocado or grilled red peppers, fresh tomato salads or salads with fennel, mango or papaya.
Dishes that don't work so well are ones with creamy sauces or cooked tomato or, more obviously, meaty dishes with gravy or dark savory sauces