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Fortnum and Mason Sauvignon BlancIt seems an anathema mentioning own-label and Fortnums in the same sentence. You really can’t get any more up-market than the famous London department store but like every major perveyour of alcohol they do offer own-label products.

I’ve yet to get to see the newly revamped, and critically acclaimed, Food Hall. This is where, I assume, the wine department is located and where you pick up a bottle of this beautiful Sauvignon.

White WineWine Tasting Note: Fortnum and Mason Martinborough Sauvigon Blanc, 2007, Martinborough, New Zealand
Available from Fortnum and Mason for £10.50.
Like all own-label wines someone (other than the seller) has to produce it; in this case step forward the talents of Alana Estate. in short this is vibrant, juicy, pure and delicious! There are edges of red peppers (capsicum) to the nose and a streak of minerality running though, the nicely complex, palate. Hints of passion fruit, herbs and un-ripened pears can all be found.

It’s a text book New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and worth every posh penny.
Scribblings Rating – 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]

2 Comments »

  1. Alex says:

    I’m coming down to London at the end of the month and I’m going to try to remember to visit F&M’s food hall … and maybe buy a bottle of this!

  2. Kai says:

    I always feel a small shot of nationalistic pride when a New Zealand wine gets a good review! Sometimes I get the sense that critics/experts/public in general are a bit down on NZ wine. I wonder if this is because not so good examples can be found in supermarkets and people are missing out on the better examples.
    I have bought this wine a couple of times now and have loved it both times.

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