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The wine has a pale straw colour, gently perfumed and aromatic on the nose, grapefruit flavour on the palate, with a lively citrus acidity.
Refreshing and ideal to enjoy on its own with seafood or white meats
This wine can be drunk now but will further improve if carefully stored for up to 1 year
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This wine has taken the critics by storm! The Times’ Jane MacQuitty says the makers have hit the jackpot, calling it “dazzling,” while Matthew Jukes at the Daily Mail says you are “assured of exceptional finesse” with this “epic, vital, classy Sauvignon.” This is a really fresh take on Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc, loaded with crisp citrus fruit and a racy freshness. As writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin says: “Taut and refreshing, it shows Hohnen hasn’t lost his touch with Sauvignon.”
Jane MacQuitty - Weekend, The Times 28/06/2014
Of the 2013 vintage, Jane MacQuitty said: "Don't write off 2013 Bordeaux entirely: some zingy, dry whites were made in this vintage. Aussie outsider David Hohnen, of Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle fame, and Master of Wine Clem Yates "the Sauvignon Queen", hit the jackpot with this dazzling, deliciously tangy, gooseberry, green pepper and pink grapefruit-licked white."
Tim Atkin - timatkin.com 04/07/2014
Of the 2013 vintage, Tim Atkin said: "Made by David Hohnen, the Aussie who created Cloudy Bay Sauvignon, and British Master of Wine Clem Yates, this is a tangy, smoky, reductive style with notes of struck match, citrus and pink grapefruit. It doesn't taste like a Kiwi Sauvignon, but that's no bad thing. Taut and refreshing, it shows that Hohnen hasn't lost his touch with Sauvignon."
Matthew Jukes - Weekend, Daily Mail 12/07/2014
Of the 2013 vintage, Matthew Jukes said: “This epic, vital, classy sauvignon is a joint venture between an English Master of Wine, Clem Yates, and one of the most pioneering Aussie winemakers of all – David Hohnen. You are assured of exceptional finesse here.”
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A l’Envers might be from the old-world Bordeaux region, but it’s anything but old in its approach. That’s because the man behind the wine is David Hohnen, who founded the famous Cloudy Bay winery in New Zealand’s Marlborough region back in the 1980s. A few years ago, David decided he wanted to make great Sauvignon Blanc in the old world. And if he was going to do that, he wanted to do it in the most famous wine region in the world – Bordeaux. The result is A l’Envers, created alongside British Master of Wine Clem Yates. Exclusive to Tesco, it’s a thoroughly modern style of Sauvignon – and for a wine of this quality it offers outstanding value for money. A l’Envers means upside down, so the label shows an upside-down chateau – an obvious nod to where David comes from (originally, Australia), as well as his desire to turn French Sauvignon on its head. This is a wine that shakes up the taste buds, just as that first bottle of Cloudy Bay did all those years ago.