Match of the week | Pork, chilli, coconut and gapi salad with Momo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Match of the week

Pork, chilli, coconut and gapi salad with Momo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

I’ve been tasting a lot of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc this week but was also reminded how well it goes with Asian food at Peter Gordon’s new restaurant Kopapa.

I ordered a glass of the Momo Sauvignon Blanc on their wine list and found it sailed effortlessly through the tapas-style dishes, especially a bite-sized, Thai-ish Pork chilli coconut and gapi salad with roasted shallots. (Gapi is the pungent Thai shrimp paste so this was quite a challenging dish.) It also survived the surprisingly delicious chickpea battered lambs brains with tomato masala my companion bravely ordered and - more to be expected - some grilled chermoula marinated tiger prawns with watermelon pickle

Momo, I discover, is made by Seresin which is now an organic and biodynamic producer though they only claim organic status for this range. It’s also fermented with wild yeasts which gives the wine a much less aggressively herbaceous character than some cheaper Sauvignon Blancs (though, as I’ve learnt this week, that is exactly what draws so many of its fans to it).

You can buy it in the UK from Harper Wells for £10.75 a bottle (£10.50 if you buy six), a good price for a wine of this quality. AG Wines stocks it for £11.25.

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