jamie goode's wine blog: NZ Sauvignon Blanc: Sacred Hill on form

Saturday, February 09, 2008

NZ Sauvignon Blanc: Sacred Hill on form

It's easy to take NZ Sauvignon Blanc for granted. But we shouldn't forget that 25 years ago Marlborough didn't really exist - we also shouldn't forget the revolution in the world of wine that NZ Sauvignon has caused. Its impact has been huge.

Tonight I'm drinking a good-un - it's from Sacred Hill, one of the Hawkes Bay wineries I visited in November. This Sauvignon is actually from Marlborough, though, and it treads the ripeness/greenness tightrope well. Tony Bish, the chief winemaker (pictured), has forged a wine that balances riper tropical fruit notes with fresher, grassier ones, to make an intense, full-flavoured, fresh white wine with real appeal. Good value for 7.99 from both Morrisons and Tesco.

As an aside, it has been another glorious, spring-like day in London. We headed out to the Surrey Hills to do a circular route taking in Holmbury Hill, stopping at a pub for a pint of London Pride and picnicking in the woods on soup and bread. It's one of my favourite walks, and on a day like today, it's hard to beat.

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At 12:56 AM, Blogger Richard said...

We do not get too many Marlborough Sauv Blancs here in BC, Canada, but enough to have converted me to the faith. Kim Crawford's 2005 was sublime and would certainly rank in my personal (I really have no idea what I am talking about so please ignore my enthusiasm if you feel it is misplaced) Top 5 of all time. The 2006 would finish pretty highly as well. I will look out for Sacred Hill and give it a go as KC is a little pricey here now.

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So when are you going to be blogging on today's result at Old Trafford?

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Paul Tudor said...

Yes, where is the Manchester derby going to be discussed? I must say, this weekend's results have completely mucked up my Fantasy Team. I had reached the giddy heights of 2300 (and 18th in NZ), until this surprising round of matches.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

There's plenty of good NZ SB, Richard. Good luck finding another - the prices of most seem to have been stable for the last few years.

Manchester derby has been discussed in brief elsewhere, but I don't really want to gloat too much. City were really good, and that was without star player Elano. I think Benjani will prove to be an asset, because with the 4-5-1 formation you need a striker of this kind, plus a bit of pace in your midfield players so they can act as a good support in attacking situations.


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