Margaret River, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2008.
£7.99 Marks & Spencer.
As the flowers start to tentatively bloom and the days get longer, I am inclined to go for fresher and lighter styles of wine – wines to awaken the palate after heavy winter reds – so this month’s wine is a sprightly little thing.
Hailing from the Margaret river area of Western Australia, which has a coolish, maritime climate and the breeze from the coast helps to keep temperatures down. Resulting in wines that are not overtly fruity. Made by Evans and Tate for Marks & Spencer, who make some fantastic Margaret River Wines – a producer to look out for.
A nose that is light and grassy with some notes of tropical fruits, translates itself into a fresh and crisp taste in the mouth. Flavours of green apple and nettles mingle with a touch of kiwi and a brought alive by the jumpy acidity. This is a light dry wine that has a good length of flavour and really enlivens the tongue.
This would work perfectly with light and simple fish and seafood dishes. This is the sort of wine you can see yourself sipping, under a tree somewhere, with warm Spring sun on your face, enjoying a seafood salad, with the sound of birdsong in the trees (we can but dream and maybe try to find a similar scene in our local park…)