Villa Maria Clifford Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, $24.
I love fruity New Zealand sauvignons and this wine is no exception. It's an intensely complicated wine. At first sip, my simple palate is assaulted by a range of flavours all clamouring to be identified. I am mystified … I like it, but there is so much going on. This is not a simple passionfruit-dominated sauvignon: it's a complicated and intense wine. Dry, but lively with its many fruit overtones. I easily find my favourite passionfruit, but surprisingly it is heavily laced with delicious lime. A little research shows me that I should find nettle (no idea how I would know what that tastes like), gooseberry and currants. I fail miserably at detecting any of these flavours. But there is something else going on with this wine, something mildly and enjoyably mineral at the end of the palate.
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