Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Origin: Elgin, South Africa
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (91%), Semillon (9%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: February 2010
Purchase Price: $11.99

Our review: The color of straw, this wine exhibits aromas of asparagus and bell pepper, grass and herbs, and surprisingly light citrus notes. The citrus flavors are present on the palate, though, and bit on the tart side. The finish is almost too acidic, somewhat "hot", though that sensation passes very quickly.

Our rating: This wine starts and finishes fine, but seems unbalanced mid-palate. We served our bottle with a starter course, though we think it might pair better with shellfish or grilled seafood. On the scoresheet it rates on the low side of Average, but overall, and especially at this price point, we think even that's a bit generous.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Wonderfully balanced with passion fruit, grapefruit and citrus flowers on the nose. The palate is complex with all the floral and fruity aromas coming through and with a distinct mineral aftertaste. The mid palate is quite broad and complex, enhanced by a richness from the touch of semillon blended with the sauvignon blanc, and further enhanced by extended time on the fine lees."

Winery website: Paul Cluver Wines.

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