Who says Sauvignon Blanc can’t age and improve with time?

This old bottle has sat in the sun, travelled to three new properties and been a paperweight on my desk for the past five years, but I could stand it no longer – I had to open this wine as part of another tasting to verify (or not) just how well Sauvignon Blanc can, if the stars are aligned, actually improve with age… So, here’s my tasting note.

2008 Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 13.5% ABV

No price because this wine is unavailable for purchase.

This would make Frank Yukich proud. The founder of Montana Wines once said that now New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a household name, the next big challenge would be to make one that could age. Here it is. His very own wine brand at six (nearly seven) years old, tasting as fresh as a… frangipani and every bit as floral and intense in aroma as one, thanks not least to its screwcap (one of the best ways to age any wine consistently).

Still pale lemon in colour, it has high but balanced acidity adding a core of freshness to this wine’s rich flavours of lime zest,mangoes and pineapple. It’s a treat to try this wine at this age and stage of its life. Bravo. Bravo. Bravo.