Friday, February 26, 2010

Makutu Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Continuing along with the theme of my last post, here's another Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc from Sainsbury's. It's on offer for half price at £4.99.

One thing about it stands out - it's presented in a clear glass Bordeaux-shaped bottle with a white, basic label. Contrast this with the green glass, Burgundy shaped bottle of the equally (full)-priced Sacred Hill. Which appeals more? I have to say the Makutu looks downright plonkish, and I'm wondering if it has influenced my experience of the wine.

I did in fact think the Sacred Hill was nicer, and I like to think that packaging had nothing to do with it. The Makutu seemed less concentrated and had a stoney, papery finish. It borders on plonk. £4.99? Sure. £9.99? A joke.

As for the packaging - I'll not pretend I'm above presentation. Green glass Burgundy-shaped bottles look better.

Makutu Bay
Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Marlborough, New Zealand
£4.99 (£9.99)


  1. Just working through a bottle of this - another one of those infuriating wines with fleeting hints of class that give way to cloying mediocrity.

    Stopped at a big Morrison's in St Albans yesterday and picked up a few of their half price deals - that is one cheapo supermarket.

  2. I agree. This is not a 10 pound bottle. It infuriates me that supermarkets put wines like this on "sale" using a ridiculously high non sale price which the wine is blatantly not worth. If you are looking for discount nz sauvignon look out for villa Maria. It won't set the world on fire but it is consistent and always does well at the air nz wine awards.