So what it is with these British? Once again looking up at me from my computer is an email from a local wine shop offering to sell me a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that Decanter has rated 95 points. This is now the second one in about a month. The first one was back around the 3rd of July.
Now you know how much of a fan I am of Sauvignon Blanc, or at least you should be if you read my blogs. My gosh, my last Wine of the Week was a French Sauvignon Blanc. Maybe I'm in a rut or maybe it's just that time of year when I like to drink one of my favorite wines.
Either way, I am once again intrigued by the notion that there may be this absolutely phenomenally delicious wine out there that I have not had. I tried to throw in a few more adjectives, but I thought you got the point. So I scurry to my trustworthy steed, turn the key and the hum of the engine comes to life. Did you think I was going to tell you the car wouldn't start? I thought about it to increase the drama, but naw, just the excitement of this potentially gorgeous (okay, I'll stop now) wine being within my grasp was enough.
I really like this wine shop. They are a little smaller and most of the employees there know me, or at least, know of me. I even had the feeling that when I walked in they would know exactly why I was there. That didn't happen, but I'm not holding that against them. Even I can't read minds. Yet!
One other reason I have for being so anxious to run out on these specials on Sauvignon Blancs is that most sell for under $20. This one was selling at $16.99. Even on Social Security, I can handle that. So I swipe my card through their reader and away I go, destined to return to my abode to begin the arduous task of chilling the wine all the while awaiting that moment when I can unscrew the cap, hold on - this wine has a cork (from New Zealand - unheard of), so I use my trusty corkscrew and pull the cork, pour some in one of my special white wine glasses (I always use one of my special glasses for something this wonderful) and partake of the wine.
Churton Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016
The results are in. This wine reminded me a great deal of the Eric Kent Sauvignon Blanc Cuvee Renee 2015 I had a year or so ago. A wine which, due to a somewhat unusual production method, added an elegant and noticeable oak presence to the wine. A small parcel of this wine is also oak aged. giving it a little more of that stone fruit flavor and a herbaceous minerality. Lovely. I'm even going to go out on a limb here and say that the 95 point review is right in the ballpark, so to speak. 94 from me for sure, but why quibble about 1 point?? Easily one of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs I've tried.
So fans of Sancerre or Pouilly Fume, get on out there while it's still available and pick some up. I know the shop I bought it at had only a few bottles left and they weren't sure how much more was left. Another shop had it in stock but only at select stores, so I know this isn't going to be around long.