I know talking of New Zealand at the moment is not everybody’s favourite what with that thing that happened last Saturday Morning, but the new Vintage of this wonderful wine arrived last week and it helped to soothed the pain of Saturday morning when enjoyed on a sunny Sunday Evening in the Garden.

Have to say this lovely luscious Sauvignon nearly washed away the disappointment of the previous day, nearly I say. Lovely golden-yellow colour.  This Sauvignon comes from Waipara, near Christchurch, where it all nearly went so right, its got hints of guava, citrus and pineapple on the nose.  Theres a strong succulent peach and  melon note in the mouth with a slight creamy feel from the barrel fermentation.Nice and crisp with a minerally texture, very striking full-bodied style of Sauvignon that went really well with chicken and asparagus that was served. €17.95 but currently on offer 2 Bottles for €30.

With the 2008 vintage Muddy Water introduced a new series of wines, the  Muddy Water Growers Series, to be used for wines made from grapes not grown on their estate vineyards which are currently undergoing transition to organic certification. The Sauvignon Blanc is one of those wines. The fruit was gently pressed and 1/3 of the fruit was settled in tank, 1/3  was transferred into old French oak barrels, the remaining third was inoculated with a neutral yeast strain.  All three portions had extended time on yeast lees for development of texture.  The aim was to provide a wine with complexity and depth – which has been fully achieved with this wine. If you like this wine check out the O’Leary Walker Wyebo Sauvignon Blanc.