Who: Allan Scott
What: Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Where: Marlborough, New Zealand
Why: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah! This racy little number will get the blood pumping. Crisp, lip-smacking acidity with ripe gooseberry, litchi, mineral and pink grapefruit tang pop on the palate. Tropical passion fruit and papayas blossom through — with a long, quenching balanced finish. If the “cat’s pee” typical of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs have scared you off in the past, give Mr. Scott’s version a try.
When: Now — enjoy while freshest — no aging required. Pair with seafood — citrus-spiked scallops or white-fleshed fish would suit. Would also compliment lighter Asian dishes like chicken soba salad.
How (much): $22.99 BCLDB
Winespeak of the Week: Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand has a very distinct and pungently powerful aroma — kindly referred to by the French as “pee pee le chat.” In addition to N.Z., Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in France’s Loire and Bordeaux regions, Italy, California, South America and B.C. This grape is also known as Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Jaune, Muskat-Sylvaner and Sauvignon Musqué.