Monday, May 3, 2010

2007 Alexia by Jane Cooper Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc

There are some wines that crop up that are absolute no-brainers. They are so good and so undervalued that I know we'll sell whatever we have. Even better when they are so easy to describe.
A little while ago 160 dozen of a NZ sauvignon blanc hit the Sydney market at a fraction of its wholesale price. We tasted it at midday Thursday and took the lot - that was left. Normal retail $20+.
It's a label associated with Matahiwi and even more closely with winemaker Jane Cooper. It's 2007 and has back label notes that recommend drinking by last year. How wrong can they be?

This is your full on old fashioned Kiwi sauvignon blanc that is more aligned with Sancerre than your everyday fruit salad 2008 Marlborough release. Consequently it won't be to everyone's taste. This one's all about acid, austerity, capsicum, paspalum and asparagus. I don't normally talk too much in those terms but this is what defines this wine and you know full well whether you'll like it or not. I think its sensational but I also really enjoy the compete opposite, currently fashionable, tropical fruit salad style.

And for those who are wondering, Wairarapa is to the east of Wellington on the North Island of NZ which makes it about 130km east of Marlborough and just a little bit north.

RRP $20+
Our Price: $10 per bottle by the doz


1 comment:

The bearded badger said...

Hmmmm....Sancerre style.
Must give it a try