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Wolf Blass Wines is one of Australia’s greatest success stories. From a humble tin shed in the legendary Barossa Valley in 1966, Wolf Blass has grown to become one of Australia’s most successful and awarded winemakers. I have a lot of affection for this brand – but had read recently that the winery was on the verge of bankruptcy. The two grapes Semillon and Chardonnay are fermented and matured separately; the Chardonnay spends six months on French oak while the Semillon spends six months on lees.

Tasting notes: Pale yellow colour. Not subtle. ‘New-World’ but rather ‘old-fashioned’. Not overly oaky, and has a little complexity from the blend. Reasonable value.

Region of Origin – South Australia.
Wine Colour – White
Price – £7
Where do I get it from? Sainsburys – very widely available
Current Vintage – 2017
Producer – Wolf Blass
Grape – Chardonnay/Semillon Blend
Country – Australia
Points – 88

Food Pairing: Grilled chicken dishes.

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This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc  again has that characteristic ‘New World’ taste to it – I guess from fermentation at relatively low temperatures. The winemakers are Peter Yealands Estate and this wine tasted indistinguishable from their sauvignon Blanc reviewed here The difference is therefore only the label – as both wines cost £8.

Tasting notes: Pale straw colour. Notes of herb and tropical fruit. Long, crisp mineral finish. Good summer drinking, fairly priced.

Wine Colour – White
Price – £8
Where do I get it from? Sainsburys
Current Vintage – 2017
Producer – Yealands Estate
Grape – 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region/Country – Marlborough/New Zealand
Points – 90

Food Pairing: This would go well with the usual white meats/seafood

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My most read review of the last year was for a Pinot Grigio. This review has had hundreds of hits, from all over the world. This shows that people may be a little unsure about this wine, and google it whilst in the supermarket to see if it’s any good. This isn’t surprising as Sainsbury has a range of about 30 different Pinot Grigios from around the world. and the variation in price is only £2 – so which one to pick? This is from Sicily; I’ve been there twice and can honestly say that I’ve never had a bad bottle of Sicilian wine -this was good value at £5.50 and better than many others at this price point.

Tasting notes: Straw colour. Initially some mineral notes. Hints of citrus.

Wine Colour – White
Price – £5.50
Where do I get it from? Sainsbury
Current Vintage – 2017
Producer – Sainsbury
Grape – 100% Pinot Grigio
Region/Country – Sicily/Italy
Points – 89

Food Pairing: This would go well with fish dishes, pasta etc.

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My most read review of the last year was for Rocca Murer Pinot Grigio 2016. This review has had hundreds of hits, from all over the world. If you type Rocca Murer Pinot Grigio into Google, the top hit is for my review.  This shows the global reach of Cavit wines. I think it also shows that people may be a little unsure about this wine, and google it whilst in the supermarket to see if it’s any good! Well it’s from Trentino – one of the regions synonymous with Pinot Grigio. In its tall bottle, it’s rather distinctive. Cavit are a co-operative of farmers, who put their outputs together; the result could be described as ‘homogenous’ – I thought it was good, slightly different to the majority of Pinot Grigios; it had an interesting initial taste and a little complexity – good value at £7 although at this price point it is one of Sainsburys most expensive Pinot Grigios – this is comparable with Comuna Pinot Grigio and better than Yellow Tail.

Tasting notes: Straw colour. Initially some mineral notes. Hints of peach and apple. 

Wine Colour – White
Price – £7
Where do I get it from? Sainsbury
Current Vintage – 2017
Producer – Rocca Murer/Cavit
Grape – 100% Pinot Grigio
Region/Country – Trentino/Italy
Points – 90

Food Pairing: This would go well with fish dishes, pasta etc.

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Invivo co-founders Tim Lightbourne and winemaker Rob Cameron travelled over 20,000 kilometres to Norton’s summer location – County Cork, Ireland (complete with their precious cargo of six distinctive Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc pressings). Then, over a reportedly riotous afternoon blending session the trio created Graham’s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, like South African Chenin Blanc, has a distinct ‘New World’ taste to it. Invariably this is of tropical, exotic fruit – and is achieved by fermenting it at lower temperatures than in the ‘Old World’ (ie France)... 

Tasting notes: Distinctly New World – and again I like it! This is filled with pleasant tropical/lime zest flavours. Good acidity. An appealing sauvignon with a long, refreshing finish.

Wine Colour – White
Price – £9.50
Where do I get it from? Widely available (Tesco stocks it)
Current Vintage – 2016
Producer – Invivio Wines
Grape – 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region/Country – Marlborough/New Zealand
Points – 90

Food Pairing: This would go well with the usual white meats – we had it with pork loin steaks in a creamy mustard sauce – and it went brilliantly.

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