eRobertParker.com # 191. Oct 2010. Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown. The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc gives intense grapefruit peel, lemon juice, orange blossom and lime leaf aromas. Bone dry (less than 2 g/l residual sugar), crisp and medium bodied, this wine lends a bit of viscous/creamy texture to generous flavor concentration, continuing through the long finish. Drink it now to 2013.
- Country: Australia
- Wine Region: South Australia
- Wine Area: Adelaide Hills
- Wine Maker: Martin Shaw
- Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
- Grape Percentage: 100%
- Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Best drunk young.
Clear, pale lemon. The aroma has restrained Sauvignon grassiness and some lime, grapefruit and passionfruit notes. The palate is fresh and lively with pure fruit varietal flavours and zingy, crisp acidity.
Issue: Jul 31, 2011. Bright and zingy, with pretty apple, grapefruit and lime flavors that blossom on a supple frame and persist nicely. Drink now. –HS.
Jul/Aug 10. By Josh Raynolds. Pale greenish straw. Assertively perfumed aromas of lime, lemongrass and mint, with a deeper note of pear skin adding a serious quality. Light-bodied citrus and orchard fruit flavors pack a punch but carry no excess fat. The mint and lemongrass notes resonate on the long, spicy, focused finish. This will be extremely flexible at the table.
James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, 96pts (2011) – "Pale straw-green; the perfumed bouquet offers passionfruit, kiwi fruit and citrus aromas that set the scene for the palate, with a feline grace that would capture the most ardent despiser of sauvignon blanc. Drink : 2014."
Reputedly one of the great ‘go to’ wines of its era. It’s at its clean and bright best with this 2012 release. Lots of upfront fruit here. Passionfruit and thistles. Pink grapefruit, the press release says. It’s unoaked and dry but it feels relatively soft on the tongue. Tangy and not at all lacking in acidity, but easy-going. No off characters here. Just pure ripe tangy fruit. Pretty much bang on as a fresh white wine.
Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser - "UNMISTAKABLE sauvignon blanc, and very much a product of the 2012 vintage; the cool to mild year impacting with wonderful drive and thrillingfruit expression. At first a heady mix of passionfruit and an almost exotic creaminess, then its trademark twang of pink grapefruit that lasts and lasts. This flag bearer is better than ever this year."
Patrick Haddock, thewiningpom - " The 2012 vintage superlatives have barely had a chance to settle as Shaw and Smith unveil their latest savvy. This is the second time I’ve seen this wine and it’s as vivacious and fresh as ever. Varietal yet refined, citrus, passionfruit and hints of gooseberry and an edge of grass, hay and green herbs. Nicely textured mouthfeel, it rolls around gaining citrus, grapefruit and passionfruit drive all the way through the palate before clean zesty acids crash through the finish. A gentle yet spicy sensation lends a presence that makes it a fine match for yum cha."
The hand-picked, whole bunches were destemmed, crushed, chilled, gently pressed then underwent fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine did not undergo any malolactic fermentation and was bottled early under screwcap to retain crispness and eliminate cork taint.