Morrisons’ £7 wine crowned the best supermarket bottle in the world

Picking a quality one from the supermarket can be a gamble – but you can be confident you’re not buying a dud with Morrisons Mastercraft Sauvignon Blanc. The white wine – currently on offer down from its usual £10 price tag – has been named the best supermarket buy in the world at the ‘Oscars of wine’.

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The Decanter World Wine Awards – a prestigious industry competition – gave Morrisons’ sauvignon 97 out of 100 points, making Morrisons the only UK supermarket to win a platinum award. Only a handful of other wines scored higher than Morrisons’ £7 bargain – including a £200 champagne. Morrisons is clearly on a roll, as their £7 port also bagged a platinum medal.

A team of 275 judges, including many of the world’s top experts, blind tasted 16,903 wines for the competition – presumably not all in one day.

So how does the Morrisons Mastercraft Sauvignon Blanc actually taste? Well, it’s made with hand-pruned grapes from a single vineyard on the southern side of the Central Wairau Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand, where ‘well-drained fertile soils give very aromatic and intensely flavoured wines’. The tasting notes describe an ‘extraordinary elderflower, passionfruit, and gooseberry’ combination, with ‘boxwood aromas’ (boxwood is a herbaceous plant) and a long finish.

Following their win, Morrisons’ wine expert Clive Donaldson said: ‘We’ve worked with hard-working grape-growers and winemakers at this vineyard to create a wine that not only tastes great, but is affordable for customers.’ The perfect food pairing for a summer dinner? Grilled prawns, recommends Clive.

While the UK is not a major player in the wine industry – three sparkling wines produced from British vineyards also won platinum status: Camel Valley, Pinot Noir Rose Brut (produced in Cornwall), Digby Fine English Brut (from Hampshire) and Henners Reserve Brut (East Sussex). So if you prefer a glass of fizz, look out for one of these.