Friday, January 7, 2011

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Durbanville, South Africa
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: January 2011
Purchase Price: $7.99

Our review: Greenish silver in color, this wine exhibits vegetal (asparagus, green pepper) aromas coupled with notes of citrus and lemongrass. Similar characteristics are present on the palate, the flavors crisp and somewhat tart. A slight herbaceousness is also present. The finish is lengthy but doesn't add anything different.

Our rating: This is a nice example of this varietal, but it seems a bit one-note to us, that it needs something to round it out. It's well balanced, acidity-wise, and would pair very well with seafood, but we think it may do better with a vegetarian meal, or possibly a simple pasta or rice dish. We rate it about Average overall.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Colour: Pale green. Nose: Complex combination of papaya, grapefruit, lime and winter melon with green fig and prickly pear flavours coming to the surface as the wine changes temperature. Taste: The palate is a combination of fruit flavors and green pepper."

Winery website: Durbanville Hills.

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