Wine review: McGuigan Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013

McGuigan’s winemakers use grapes from south Australian vineyards for its reserve range.

The small print:

South Australia – 12% abv – Grape: sauvignon blanc – Buy: Tesco  –  Price:  £9.99  – screwcap – 2013 – Tasted Feb 23 2014 – Drink in 1 year of purchase

Food matches

Salt and pepper squid, seafood paella, green curry barbecue chicken

What it says on the vin:

Our sauvignon blanc is fresh and lively displaying vibrant gooseberry and citrus fruit flavours that are complemented by a crisp, refreshing finish.

McGuigan Reserve Sauvignon Blanc wine 2013
McGuigan Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013

In my glass:

Wasn’t massively blown over by this wine. There was an “oomph” missing but it was, well, OK. This sauvignon blanc has a delicate  nose of tropical fruits and a crisp lemon finish.

Find out more about McGuigan wines on their website here 

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My attempt at cooking John Torode's green curry barbecue chicken with matching Mcguigan wines
JOHN TORODE is now one of  this country’s most popular  celebrity chefs. Only last week he  launched his new cookery  programme Australia.
But he also comes from a part of  Australia which is the oldest  wine-making region on that vast  continent, the Hunter Valley.
So it should come as no surprise  that he has been  happy to pair up  with one of that region’s most   successful wineries, McGuigan Wines,  to create some tastebud-tantalising  food and wine matches.
McGuigan has consistently won  many awards. Winemaker Neil  McGuigan made history by being the  first person to be named world’s best  winemaker in three out of four years.
You will know I enjoy my scientific  wine and food experiments, so it was  too tempting  not to speak to Mr  Torode about food and,  specifically, wine.