What We’re Drinking: Ben & Schubert Sauvignon Blanc 2009





Often whilst trying to bully team members into completing their ‘What We’re Drinking’ selections I will fail miserably and end up writing another one myself. Everyone is so willing to try the wines yet are reluctant to write about them! So for the second time in three weeks I found myself trawling through our wine list to find something suitable and following an insightful recommendation from Jon, I stumbled upon the Schubert Sauvignon Blanc 2009.

I tend to always gravitate towards red wines for some reason but since working at CellarVie Wines, I’ve attempted to broaden my narrow horizons by trying a few more whites and roses, and this zesty little number from New Zealand’s North Island is delicious.

While traditionally the home of Sauvignon Blanc is largely deemed to be the Loire Valley and the Bordeaux region, New Zealand is increasingly famed for this varietal. Marlborough in the northeast of the South Island accounts for nearly 80% of all plantings, but the Schubert is from the Wairarapa Valley of Martinborough in the marginally warmer climate of the North Island, and an area noted for its Pinot Noir production.

The result is a delicious white wine with tropical fruit characters and a lovely passion fruit ripeness that is best enjoyed when that elusive thing called the sun decides to reappear.

If you enjoy Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand this is just the ticket and although we are often encouraged to pair it with food, I’m a dreadful cook and to be honest this wine is just perfect on its own.  
 
To see what the other members of CellarVie Wines chose for the ‘What we’re drinking’ section and why, click on the links below.
 
Sophie - Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blanc  
 
Ben - Hendricks Gin  
 
Simon - Finca Constancia 'Parcela 23' 
 
Jon - Sancerre Rosé 2010, Le Rabault 
 
Eliott - Rare Vineyards Carignan Vieilles Vignes  
 
Christopher - Chateau de Rully 1er Cru, Clos la Bressande 2007  
 
Sophie - Gewürztraminer Alsace 2009, Martin Zahn  

Charlotte - Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc  

Ben - Flagstone Longitude 

Simon - Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier 

Eliott - Veramonte Pinot Noir 

Jon - ‘Piluna’ Primitivo 

Sophie - Bourgogne Blanc 'Clos de Loyse' 2009 

Eliott - Touraine Sauvignon Domaine Trotignon  

Charlotte - 1847 Oloroso Dulce Sherry 

Simon - Errázuriz Single Vineyard Carmenère 2009 

Jon - Chardonnay Grand Cru 2008, Tenuta Rapitalà 

Christopher - Brookfield Reserve Chardonnay-Viognier 2009
 
Why not let us know what you are drinking by posting your comments in the section below...        

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