New Zealand sauvignon blanc is so well made and so inexpensive that some wine drinkers are starting to take it for granted. If it doesn’t cost $10 and taste like $35, they get upset.
That’s their problem. The Wine Curmudgeon is just happy to find wines like the Vicar’s Choice (about $12) – balanced, with the fruit and acidity playing off each other the way they should, and with more than just the usual New Zealand grapefruit up front. Look for tropical flavors in the middle, and even a bit of a stony finish.
Drink this as an aperitif, or with the usual sauvignon blanc entrees. It wouldn’t be out of place with a cheese course featuring harder, nuttier cheeses, either.