Montana’s Sauvignon Blanc is almost always a benchmark example of the Marlborough style, made in large quantities (so you can find it everywhere) and sold at an affordable price. I tried the 2009 version alongside the 2009 Reserve.
Asda’s pricing, where both are on the shelf, is hard to understand. The regular Montana Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is £8.48. The Montana Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is £4.83, reduced from £5.86 regular price. Why is the Reserve cheaper than the regular?
The regular Sauvignon is fresh and precise with citrus and grapefruit characters: taut, pure and intense. The Reserve is much more aromatic, with lots of passionfruit and melon character, as well as some grassy, herby notes. It’s a richer, more attractive wine, and is a great bargain at £4.83.