Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sebeka Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Western Cape, South Africa (wine review and rating)

Sebeka Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Origin: Western Cape, South Africa
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $5.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Aromas of citrus and spice are exhibited by this light golden colored wine. The moderately tart fruit flavors on the palate tend a bit more toward tree fruit (think green apple) though definitely have some citric character to them. There's also a brief tropical fruitish sweetness about mid-palate. The finish adds some chalky minerality.

Our rating: Years ago, long before we started this review blog, we purchased this label frequently as an inexpensive wine that was versatile enough to accompany a wide variety of dishes. It then shot up in price -- the 2006 vintage was priced at $9 when we reviewed it in 2007 -- and we stopped buying it on a regular basis. By last year, when we reviewed the 2008 vintage, it was back down to $6, which we thought a good value. We're slightly less enthusiastic about this vintage, which comes across as somewhat muddled and not well-crafted. It retains its versatility -- we served our bottle with an Asian-inspired pork dish -- but it seems so generic. We rate it about Average overall.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Layers of fresh citrus flavors, balanced with a crisp acidity and subtle mineral texture." (from the bottle label)

Winery website: Sebeka Wines. As of the date of this review, this website hasn't been updated in years (a bit of a disappointment).

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