Summer suggests sauvignon blanc. Okay, it also implies some lusty reds for bounty from the barbie, but I happen to have tasted several sauvys recently, so let's assume that it's shrimp on the grill, not burgers or pepper-rubbed rib eyes. Let's also assume that nobody wants to pay a bundle for summer sippers, and all of these fill that bill. In no particular order, here they are.
ViÃ±a los Vascos Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild, 2009 Sauvignon Blanc,
In the next case, some French winemakers seem to be making more complex wines in
Moving on to New Zealand, the Kiwis have, on the basis of the next two wines, begun to muzzle the extreme grapefruit qualities that distinguished (or diminished) some of their sauvys in years past. Yes, the Vavasour 2009 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc betrays its heritage with grapefruit on both the nose and palate, but it matures into some beautiful tropical fruit with time. On second tasting, passion fruit held the upper hand. Give passion time, in other words.
In contrast, the Goldwater 2008 Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc headed straight for the tropics right out of the gate. Melon was big, along with passion fruit again, and grapefruit sat firmly in the back seat. Pleasant, crisp and not too pushy, this could become a summer stalwart.
A textbook case in showing how different the sauvignon grape can be in a different climate and in different hands was presented by a