2010 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc Walker Bay

SKU #1085311 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc has simple ripe lime and gooseberry on the nose with just a touch of limestone. The palate has a crisp entry, good acidity with touches of bitter lemon and pineapple...Drink now-2012. Southern Right was introduced by Anthony Hamilton of Hamilton Russell in Hemel-en-Aarde in 1994 with the goal of creating top quality cool-climate Pinotage. When the neighbouring 448-hectare estate on the western flank of Hamilton Russell came up for sale in 2005, Hamilton bought the property with business partners and gave Southern Right a permanent home.  (8/2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 Hay, green plum and gooseberry lead off on the nose, while ripe hints of passion fruit and pineapple acidity flood the mouth. Lifted, with good cut and freshness, and a mouthwatering close. Delicious now, but should hold together nicely for another couple of years.  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

90 points and "Top Value Designation" from the South African Wine Awards! Southern Right it the second label of the legendary Hamilton Russell estate, which was the first wine estate founded and planted in Walker Bay by Tim Hamilton Russell in 1975. Winemaker's Notes: "2010 is a wine that favours origin expressive individuality, minerality and palate complexity ahead of pure, pungent varietal aroma. A large percentage of fruit from clay-rich soil in 2010 has added an intense mid-palate structural component and addition overall complexity to this wine."

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2012 | Send Email
The Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc has over the past several vintages demonstrated the provident nature of its terroir. Maybe it has more to do with the limestone and flint soils, or the cool, maritime winds that blow in from the South Atlantic, contributing a clean iodine tang to the revealing fresh cut of the citrus, pineapple and gooseberry fruit, but this brisk, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc has all the elements in place, coupled with fine, crisp acidity to bring you back glass after glass. A plate of grilled ginger and garlic prawns anyone?
Top Value!

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.