Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Intense tropical fruit on the nose with clear notes of papaya, grapefruit and passion fruit, underpinning the high notes are limes and fresh cut capsicum. Fresh zesty acidity hits the palate and operates as a platform for the fruit to evolve. Full texture and balancing sweetness complete the palate and leave refreshing tropical notes.
I have tasted the New Zealand chartbuster with a couple of girls from a fashion outlet,and honestly I have tried to impress them with this wine as previously what i chose they did not like. It did not work this time either. As much as i wanted to surprise the girls with the wonderful wine they surprised me, because they did not like it. The reason: it is too parfumy, too fragrant. It is Sauvignon Blanc we are talking about, it is not Muscat Lunel nor Moscato, but still it is not neutral nor an impassive grape it has to produce much more liveliness in its fermented juice than a Chablis. I had to push these 3 overly chatty, parfumed up, way too fragrant women aside to taste this beauty. Fantastic stuff. It is, 100% Sauvignon Blanc the king of Sauvignon Blancs,my absolute favorite, top of the tops, the dog's and i could carry on saying stupidness like this. But frankly it is numero uno! £13.99 in our shop in the UK, a bit pricey for some but way cheaper than Cloudy Bay and honestly, i mean no disrespect to the French, but au revoir leave the Sauvignon Blancs to the Kiwies! I read the review of this wine above and i do not know, i feel like i have tasted something different, because to me it is more about the vegetal aromas and spices, the peppery hints, i can recognize straight away. While its tropical fruitiness stays in the background with its guava and passion fruit signs, not ruling the wine,well not on my palate. Bottled fragrant of the beautiful country side. I am a bit sensitive with the spices and herbs, probably because i have Crohn's and i do not really use much seasoning and spices on my dishes in the last 15 years.I have to ignore them as much as possible for my health so i feel them way before anybody else and way heavier than others in anything, especially in wines and food. This wine is wonderfully balanced and a delectable product of Invivo. Clean and zesty in the nose and also in the mouth, loads of freshly cut nettle with mixed pepper notes and a drop of guava with passion fruit. What you sniff is what you sip. That residual sugar of 5mg/l gives a bit of weight to the wine, it needs to be there, it is a very characteristic liquid, has to have the weight to balance that knock out punch of aromas. It is the perfect Sauvignon Blanc, no faults! I hope it will get to Trinidad and Tobago because this vibrant wine would pair greatly with those fish and vegetarian - Ital dishes of the Caribbean.