I remember having dinner with Michiel Eradus in Toronto a few years ago and heard many a good story about New Zealand.
There is no better public relations than meeting and breaking bread with winery owners, vineyard managers and their marketing people. I will never forget that dinner with Michiel and of course will never forget the excellent Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc he makes but it has been a few years since I have delved into them from a reviewer’s perspective.
So why not give a fresh try to his 2020 Sauvignon Blanc which you know is New Zealand’s calling card. You may be more familiar with Oyster Bay or Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc which I have consumed in social settings and recall I was not overly impressed. Big names but quality?
Eradus is not a big name but the Liquor Control Board of Ontario regularly carries his Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir so if you want to break away from the big names and give Eradus a sip be brave!
The wine has a golden colour. On the nose very concentrated notes of pear, tangerine, guava and gooseberry. On the palate key lime pie, gushes of citrus and passionfruit. A very long finish. It has just the right amount of acidity.
This is indeed a full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc and would be ideally suited to Ceviche or grilled chicken that has been marinated in lemon, olive oil and dill.
Make the move from Crawford and Oyster Bay and get to experience a classy Sauvignon Blanc. From the Awatere Valley on New Zealand’s South Island. Drink through 2023.
(Eradus 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Eradus Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand, $19.95, LCBO # 225557 , 13.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 94/100).