It was an enlightening experience to compare local expressions of Sauvignon Blanc with those from around the world. In all we tasted seven Sauvignon Blancs and they couldn’t have been more different. Read on for the notes we jotted down.
Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2009
A sharp, grassy nose with green bell peppers. A South African expression with big ‘green’ flavor notes and a long finish. A strong Sauvignon Blanc–not for the faint of heart. 100% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% alcohol.
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2009
A subtle nose with a mix of grassy notes and vegetables with some slight butterscotch. Weighty–would describe this as an intense French wine that surprised us from nose to palate. 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Duckhorn Vineyards 2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Mellon, citrus, fruity and floral nose–dramatically different than the ’09 Mulderbosch. Very little ‘green’ vegetables, likely due to the use of Semillon in the blend (sourced from Pope Valley and Calistoga areas). Our favorite of the lot (it’s no secret we’re partial to Sauvignon Blancs that incorporate Semillon). 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon, 13.5% alcohol.
St. Supery 2010 Estate Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
A ripe expression of the varietal. Strong, grassy with a long finish. Fewer green flavor notes and a softer acid profile than most. This was our second favorite of the bunch. 100% Sauvignon Blanc, 13.7% alcohol.
Ata Rangi Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010
A mellow nose with hints of asparagus, lemon and other green veggies. An intriguing wine on the palate–strong grapefruit notes and by far the biggest difference of the lot from nose to palate. A pleasant surprise from New Zealand. 13.5% alcohol.
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 18 Sauvignon Blanc 2010
A vegetable-heavy, rich nose. More green bell peppers that carried through from nose to palate more than the others. A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with strong minerality. Long finish. 13.5% alcohol.
Shaw & Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Undoubtedly lime and citrus. A punchy Australian expression of the varietal. Solid, full, mouthfeel that was almost peachy. 13% alcohol.