Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise 2011After a glimpse of morning sunshine and working all day on a long piece of work, the evening arrived accompanied by a light lemon chicken salad with good old fashioned salad cream, roasted baby new potatoes, shallots in olive oil and herbs.

Gasping for that final additive to make the meal complete I pulled a bottle of Scrubby Rise, a blend of sauvignon blank, semillon and viognier, 2011 out of the fridge.  It is a bottle that's gives the outward appearance of refreshment, and the fact that I love these blended varietals made it all the more appealing.  Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise is made in the Adelaide Hills in Australia, a place where good value and quaffability converge.

I poured a measure into my stemless sauvignon glass and took a big inhalation: Light and apply with aromas of fresh cut grass, a hint of banana and more apples.

Then going straight in for the kill:  The acidity is crisp and dry and yet deceiving in that the sensation on the inside of the cheeks is completely mouth watering.  There is plenty of fresh but rounded apple flavour as well as elderflower that really washes onto the palate with its tingling attractive acidity and cleansing properties.  A perfect partner for this light, tight with olive oily meal.  Blended wines always offer something a little different as characteristics of each grape variety lend its' share to the overall result. 

I find this wine strangely attractive being so pale in a tall clear bottle with simplistic label.  At £9 it is a good buy.  If the sun dares to show it self over the next couple of months and I am venturing outside, the chances are that I'll be clutching a chilled bottle of this scrubby number to accompany me.

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