Advantages Good quality, nice flavour, too drinkable!
Disadvantages Paying for it! Bit sour
Time for another sophisticated little tipple – well OK, it’s just another wine that I have sampled along the way but I don’t like to disappoint.It’s another white wine, again I only ended up “testing” (i.e. knocking it back) this one because it was on special offer. This one was priced at three standard 75cl bottles for £10 whereas they normally cost about £4.60 per bottle (in my local Alldays shop, which is always somewhat more expensive than a large supermarket anyway). In supermarkets I’d make an educated guess that this sells for around £4 a bottle.
Produced by Stowells of Chelsea, this is not the first Sauvignon Blanc I have sampled but certainly one of the nicest. This one is a Chilean wine with an unusually high alcohol content of 13% volume – so although it is easy to drink you will know about it after a few glasses. It does have a strong alcohol flavour to it so that should give you a clue!It’s a classy looking bottle and label and even “Stowells of Chelsea” sounds like a classy brand – indeed many of my favourites are produced by them so they are obviously good at their trade!
This is described as a “full dry white wine” and indeed it is very dry tasting – it is graded ar number 2 on the dryness/sweetness scale (1-9). The label continues that this is a “fruity dry white with tropical fruit aromas and flavours of white peaches and limes”. Well I don’t know about the peaches and tropical fruits but the lime flavour and aroma is certainly pre-dominant – it has quite a sharp taste and after tang to it.The label gives no indications or recommendations for which food this could accompany but I would say it would go well with the usual white meats, poultry, pasta etc as well as an aperitif. I imagine it would taste pretty awful with anything sweet!
To be fair this is by no means one of my favourites. I would gladly buy it again on offer but would not pay full price for it, for me personally it is a little too dry and sour and overly lime flavoured but this may suit some people perfectly.
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