What wine selection would be complete without a decent Sauvignon Blanc? There are very few places around New Zealand that can deliver the outstanding Sauvignon Blancs that Marlborough can.

This particular wine is from the Mud House Sub Region series. A selection of wines that wine maker Cleighton Cornelius has developed to showcase the distinct flavours that can be derived from small pockets within the wine growing region. I’ve touched on some of these distinctions in an earlier feature on Sauvignon Blancs and find it intriguing just how a few steps apart, two grape vines that are essentially clones of one another can produce wines that are quite distinct.

This particular example delivers a powerful mix of both tropical and citrus. Produced from grapes grown in the eastern end of Rapaura road where boney braid rivers soils meet the more alluvial and younger silts.

Pale yellow in colour with powerful grapefruit and passionfruit pith aromas and scented with bell pepper on the nose. A full complex and long quenching finish. Perfect with fresh asparagus drizzled with virgin olive oil and lemon infused balsamic vinegar.

Don’t hold onto this wine though, drink it now, it is in perfect condition.