Wine: An exceptional Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc with leafy, grassy aromas
Craft 3 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018, New Zealand (£10, Marks & Spencer)
M&S has three female winemakers, one of whom has a passion for creating exceptional Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. A collaboration between wine experts Jeneve Williams and Yves Fourcade, who sourced the finest fruit from vineyards in Marlborough's Awatere and Wairau sub-regions, this is a fine example of their work. Leafy, grassy aromas, grapefruit, passion fruit and wild herbs mark this bright, zesty white, with a fresh finish.
Les Pionniers Rose Champagne Brut NV, France (£22, Co-op)
I have been reading about the Co-op's multi-award-winning Les Pionniers Brut Champagne for years, and now we can sing the praises of its pink. Made by Piper-Heidsieck, these brilliant bubbles radiate copper highlights with pristine summer fruit aromas, delicate yet vibrant red berry fruits on the palate, with well balanced acidity and a fresh, uplifting finish.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Tesco Finest Alsace Gewurztraminer 2017,
France (£9, Tesco)
With soaring aromas of lychee, rose and violets, this Gewurtz (meaning spice) displays all the sweet, floral aromatics and ginger spice the grape is famous for. Off dry with a gentle touch of sweetness, it's reasonably weighty with a silky, satiny texture. And with lychee and passion fruit opening up on the palate, you could say it's a wine
in full bloom.