2008 Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
The third wine of the night. Our dinner theme was oysters, so why not another sauvignon blanc? This time, one from New Zealand, which is now known as one of the world's preeminent regions for sauvignon.
Light colour, clear rim. Again, that tell-tale vegetal nose, but this time with more fruit. This follows on the palate, where the ripe citrus really shows. Sweeter in texture, and much more crowd-pleasing. I still prefer the Pouilly-Fumé over this wine, but it was drinkable. Just occupies a different space entirely.
I used this wine to steam my mussels, so naturally, we ate it together. Worked well. The richness of the mussel stock married well with the crispness of the wine, and its fruit provided a nice pop of flavour. Good!