Ah, to be able to walk into almost wine or liquor store in the United States, plunk down $10 (more or less), and get a quality bottle of wine every time.
That’s what you get with the Brancott. Is it the best $10 wine you can find? Nope (which is not a criticism, but a testament to how much good $10 wine is available). But you can find it, and these days that’s saying something. The Brancott is in almost a dozen major retailers in the Dallas area, which is a good sign for availability elsewhere given how stingy Dallas retailers are about shelf space.
So what makes the Brancott worthwhile? It’s a solid New Zealand sauvignon blanc, made in the classic style. That means citrus and grapefruit in front (though not as over the top as some), an OK tropical-ish middle, and a long mineral finish.
Drink this chilled during the summer, pair it with the usual sauvignon blanc suspects (shellfish, most anything with garlic and olive oil), and be glad you didn’t have to drive around town looking for a bottle of wine.