2019 Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (13.5% Alcohol, Residual Sugar 5 g/l) LCBO Vintages $18.95 (750ml bottle)
This Thornbury wine is a regular release through LCBO Vintages, and while I’ve always rated it as a solid Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, I feel that with this particular 2019 vintage, winemaker Simon Fell has really outdone himself.
I’m not quite sure how he does it, but this wine is the most passion fruit-packed wine I have ever had the pleasure of tasting; the nose is simply gorgeous, and literally makes one’s mouth water.
Despite the abundance of passion fruit, this is no one trick pony, as beneath that indulgence of forward-facing fruit (on both nose and palate) is a whole load of lime zest, bell pepper, mint, tangy blackcurrants, and just-cracked white pepper.
60% of the fruit was sourced from the Wairau Valley, which provides richness and mouthfeel, with the other 40% coming from the cooler Awatere Valley, bringing green fruits, elegance and certain mineral edge. There’s a healthy mid-palate going on here, something that is often missing from the more monochromatic Sauvignons we often see on these shores. The teasingly mineral finish is pleasurable and extended.
A really great glass of wine, and at an extremely affordable pricepoint.
While this would pair with all manner of lighter dishes, I honestly just enjoy drinking this by itself. Most enjoyable.
(Four and a half apples out of a possible five)
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Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he really enjoyed that.