Category Archives: Sauvignon Blanc

2013 McWilliam’s Appellation Series Orange Sauvignon Blanc

Another wine in the McWilliam’s Appellation Series – designed to highlight regions within NSW. Orange was of course the sensible place to head for Sauvignon Blanc. By and large in the clean, crisp mode with a couple of tweaks. Intense … Continue reading

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2013 Crittenden Peninsula Fumé Blanc

Fruity little number despite the Fumé, so to speak. 20% new oak although I might not have guessed as much given the tropical guise. Passionfruit, pineapple and melon cloaked with a light fog of smoke. Lemony acidity, a bit of … Continue reading

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2013 Ross Hill Pinnacle Series Sauvignon Blanc

A fine example of how well Sauvignon Blanc can perform in the Orange region. A stony, flinty countenance is balanced by more luxe melon and passionfruit characters with plenty of lemony length. Nettles, herbs and cut grass are present, not overwhelming. Slightly tart … Continue reading

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2013 Mitchell Harris Sauvignon Blanc Fumé

Partially wild yeast fermented and barrel matured Sauvignon Blanc. More tropical than the previous vintage but Johnno Harris has nailed it again. Passionfruit, vanilla and tart gooseberry join the lime, herbs and smoke I’ve come to associate with the wine. … Continue reading

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2013 Dog Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Whenever I taste a quality Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc I wonder why I don’t drink them more often. Of course there’s a lot of swill out there but that applies to any variety and any region. Crisp acidity rather than sharp. … Continue reading

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2013 Alkoomi Sauvignon Blanc

So, “one small parcel” of this was “held on skins prior to pressing to enhance the richness and flavour of the resulting wine”. I fear that the mention of skin contact when it comes to white wine will be the new ‘minimal … Continue reading

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2013 Out of Step Lusatia Park Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Good to see people plugging away at Sauvignon Blanc in the Yarra, particularly from the Lusatia Park vineyard which has produce a few real good’uns. Sees some oak. Indigenous yeast. Smoke, gravel, passionfruit, lemon curd, grass and traces of nuts. … Continue reading

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2013 Bay of Fires Sauvignon Blanc

Tasmania and the Yarra Valley are the two places I rate the most highly these days when it comes to Australian Sauvignon Blanc. I’d have the Yarra in front but I suspect that’s because a few producers (Out of Step, De … Continue reading

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2013 Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc

Not of the same standard as the excellent 2012 but a good wine nonetheless. Sixteen hours skin contact, wild yeast fermented with 70% in French barriques and the remainder in stainless steel. Three months on lees. Lemons, gooseberry, nettles, herbs … Continue reading

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2013 The Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc

Confusing quotes from winemaker Gabrielle Simmers accompanied this wine: “The motivation for me to produce naturally comes from my farming background, my experience learning from Heymann-Lowenstein in the Mosel, and personally I am very sensitive to any toxins. So I can … Continue reading

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