Brancott Estate – formerly known as Montana Wines – is New Zealand’s largest wine producer. In 1979 it produced the first-ever Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which, you may know, turned out to be a rather successful offering. The company is now owned by Pernod Ricard, which changed the name of the estate to Brancott in 2010 to avoid confusing the Americans, though these wines are still labeled as Montana within NZ. They produce a tonne of different wines, of course, but today I’m looking at what’s basically their main offering – the Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017.
This wine is very easy to track down, which is a virtue as far as this site is concerned – I feel like I’m doing my best for you guys when I find a good value wine that you can find in your nearest bottleshop, regardless of where you live. As you’ll see below, all the major Coles and Woolies liquor brands sell it and it’s also frequently on special (Vintage Cellars has a deal on it at the moment). It also comes in 750ml and 187ml sizes, which I personally appreciate as I buy all my review wines. Anyway, here’s the wine:
Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017
So much passion fruit on the nose. Of course, most Marlborough Sav Blancs smell like passionfruit, but this is nextlevel. Normally, I find there is more of a pasitovibe to these wines whereas this smells exactly like the fruit. I swear I can even smell the seeds here. If you put a blindfold on me and waved this under my nose I would dead-set pick this as real passionfruit. Ok, enough about the smell. The palate is driven by a zippy acidity but with some nice fruity flavours along for the ride. It comes across as pretty well in balance, not tart but certainly refreshing. It ends with a pleasantly dry finish.
Someone said to me the other day that Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs basically always sell for around fair value. That is, they neither over-deliver or under-deliver for their price – you just get what you pay for. That may be true of most, but I feel like this wine in particular punches above its weight. For me, it easily beats other Kiwi Sauvignon Blancs around the same price, including the Matua I wrote about recently.