Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Coastal Region, South Africa
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: September 2010
Purchase Price: $11.99
Our review: Silvery green in color, this wine has peppery aromas of gooseberry and lime with considerable grassiness. The fruit flavors on the palate offer a nice contrast, not nearly as spicy or tart as one might expect from the nose, though clearly crisp and citrusy balanced with some tropical flavors. There isn't much of a finish, though a lingering almost bitter sensation remains.
Our rating: Though there are several facets to this wine that we like, and we think make it a good seafood pairing wine, we couldn't get past the overly astringent or harsh finish (that we initially characterized as "bitter" ... which is still how we think of it). It must be consumed with food, which admittedly does take the edge off the finish. And while its overall score from the individual components rates it on the high side of Average, we wouldn't buy it again.
Taste profile from the winemaker: "An expression of tropical fruit on the nose -- litchis and passionfruit, with notes of ripe figs and capsicum. Great concentration of tropical fruit and grassiness and peppers on the palate. A crisp, lively acidity and persistent but elegant finish."
Winery website: Graham Beck Wines.