The Rata’s Sauvignon Blanc has a fresh green bean, passion fruit and pineapple show on an uplifted nose. A rich front palate displays elegant grapefruit characters. The mid palate is full underpinned by good natural acidity. Wine is well integrated, showing good length and citrus characters on the finish.
Sauvignon Blanc is the flagship varietal of New Zealand, and is typically a very crisp aromatic wine with notes of grapefruit, tropical fruit and cut grass. The much-lauded white wines of New Zealand tend to be slightly sweeter than those from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley.
The cool New Zealand climate offers real opportunity for aromatic varieties like sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and gewurztraminer . Of the latter three, young plantings mean many styles rely more on sugar than fruit, which we avoid buying. But the very best share the intensity and palate weight of great Alsace examples with vibrant, lifted flavours
Pairs well with shellfish, vegetarian dishes, and goat cheese.