Wairau Cove Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

  • Wine: Wairau Cove Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Region: Marlborough (South Island)
  • Year: 2020
  • Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • Bottle top: screw cap
  • Price: £7.50
  • Purchased: Tesco
  • Rating: two out of five

Tasting Notes

This wasn’t a wine we had chosen ourselves. I think it turned up as a substitution in our Tesco order one week, when one of the Wine Route wines that are included in the ‘meal deal’ offer was unavailable. We were hopeful that it might be better then the usual offerings that get bundled into the deal.

However, I was ultimately disappointed with it. It wasn’t to my taste at all and I found it rather too sharp, so I wouldn’t be tempted to order it in the future. My wife was more partial to it and found it reasonably enjoyable, so it divided opinion somewhat, but it certainly didn’t find favour with me.

It hails from the Marlborough region of the South Island of New Zealand which, according to the Tesco website, is known for its ‘zingy, grassy and herbaceous Sauvignon Blancs‘. This one is described as ‘bursting with zesty gooseberry and passion fruit flavours‘ and is recommended as an accompaniment to ‘grilled fish, Asian cuisine or colourful salads’. For the record, we had it with a Chinese takeaway. I think it might have been the ‘zesty gooseberry’ that proved a bit overwhelming for my palate.