Today I have had an epiphany. By now you may have noticed that I often recommend a particular wine as a ‘good alternative to a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc’… I have certainly not hidden the fact that I find many Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs like an acid bath on sensitive teeth – a bit overwhelming and sometimes quite hard. And ironically here I can again say ‘a good alternative to a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc’ but here is a Marlborough Savvy in a style that you are sure to start seeing more of… or should I say ‘Moore’ of …. Hopefully …
‘Ant Moore 2009 Sauvignon Blanc’ is rounded with some creaminess coming from lees with soft stonefruit characters pepped up with some lemon and lime citrus. There is some fine tropical and citrus fruit on the nose and some subtle grass to remind you that yes, this is a Sauvignon Blanc. In essence – this is an approachable wine that has the sharp edges smoothed out and presents you with fresh fruit without the flamboyant frock. Well, the label is a little flamboyant if it comes to that.
Ant Moore is currently in Australia introducing us to his eponymous label range from New Zealand. The range has a Pinot Gris (Marlborough) and a Nelson Riesling along with the Savvy Blanc and a Central Otago Pinot Noir. He also has an intriguing sparkling Sauvignon Blanc under the label Kiki. In fact, Ant is quite an appropriate nickname as there is plenty going on in the ‘Ant Nest’ which is the name of his home vineyard. He is unquestionably not afraid to experiment. Some of the wines, the Riesling in particular, are made from grapes sourced from local producers currently going through the organic certification process while Ant’s own organic vineyards are growing.
All the wines that I tasted were well crafted, approachable and had definite individual characters. The only negative was that the Pinot Noir was a tad hot but was silky and had enough spicy cherry and savouriness to make it worth taking out to dinner. At around $20 (the Pinot is closer to $30) the wines are not going to remain secret once they start gaining shelf space. Just for the record, they are going to be much easier to find in Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia at the moment.
Make sure that you see Ant Moore at the ‘NZ in a Glass’ events and drop me a line. I’d love to hear what you thought. I will post the tasting notes for the other wines this week on both Wine Muse and Friday Drinks Club.