A Small Sauvignon Tasting

I tasted my first Small and Small Sauvignon Blanc from the Advance Purchase deal with Naked Wines, so here’s a quick review of the wine posted elsewhere too:

Small and Small Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010
produced by Severne Street Wine Co in Marlborough, New Zealand,

Note: I will be the first to admit that I’m rather ‘over’ the Marlborough Sauvignon craze as I find so many are made in a style that is so over-the-top, particularly in flavours, that it is hard to drink or match to foods. I was therefore very happy to find this style reasonably restrained.

It is crisp and fresh, with lots of tropical fruit – it reminds me of a mango and papaya dish drizzled in lemon juice, but also with some more grassy notes. I tasted this once before at a tasting, and I think I prefer it to its “big sister” reserve wine, personally.

It was, for the record, a brilliant match for a pepper chicken in lemon and tarragon sauce, made at home with these fair hands!
(Tasted on November 22, 2010)