Nearly passed on this wine, my wife wanted a Sauvignon Blanc with dinner and I wasn’t all that fussed thinking not another run of the mill Sovee. In the end I opted for this New Zealand Tiki Ridge which to be honest I wasn’t particularly looking forward to. Well, let me tell you I was wrong and what a good judge of wine I am, as this was very decent indeed. Maybe not the best Sovee I’ve ever tasted but it’s definitely up there and better than a lot at twice maybe even three times the price.
Tiki Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Although this has all the trademark NZ sovee characteristics it is rather more subdued, there is the grassiness and gooseberries with the addition of something more tropical. The acidity, although there is fairly muted but it still has a little zinginess to give it that freshness, there’s peaches along with grapefruit and some green pepper but it’s all perfectly balanced.
As I said I wasn’t expecting too much but I was more than pleasantly surprised, at just over £10 it’s not really that cheap compared to similar entry level brands such as Villa Maria, Brancott Estate and Yealands to name a few but it had an impressive quality about it which probably justifies the price tag.
NB: Kept some to revisit after 24 hours and if anything, it improved, this definitely wasn’t a Sauvignon Plonk!