I’ve been a fan of Sauvignon Blanc for ages. I was a follower even before its popularity grew in the ABC – Anything But Chardonnay – days. I’ve always enjoyed the fresh, green and clean fruityness of Sauv Blancs. The citrus and goosberry flavours. These can get a bit overpowering – which is where the cats pee analogy comes in.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit the new spiritual home of the Sauv Blanc – Marlborough in New Zealand. (If this is the new home then Bordeaux and the Loire is probably the old home). There I visited Allan Scott’s vineyard and sampled the fresh and drinkable white label 2010 Sauv Blanc and the more complex Moorlands 2009 Sauv Blanc. I also went across the road to the famous Cloudy Bay vineyard and tried the Te Koko 2007 – described by the host at the cellar door as a Sauv Blanc for grown ups! The latter two wines were delicious but largely fitted my ‘mental template’ of the grape.
However last week, in the UK, I encountered a Sauv Blanc which seemed to me a little different. It was from across the Tasman Sea, in South Australia – the cool climate Adelaide Hills area.
The Foil Sauvignon Blanc 2010 is from Tim Knappstein’s fencing themed Riposte range of wines. It was still fresh and fruity but much richer than I expected with an excellent length. There were gooseberry hints, but also passionfruit too. I chatted to the winemakers son, Nick, who explained that they were not trying for a “green” Sauv Blanc, but one that balanced structure and crunch. He also suggested the greater depth might come from the vines age – being over 30 years old.
Anyway, to cut to the chase, you can find The Foil at slurp.co.uk priced at just under £14.50.
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