2007 Slipstream Sauvignon Blanc Western Australia (Elsewhere $9.99-$12.99 )

SKU #1050882

From Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Light gold. Spicy lime, lemon, white peach and mineral aromas, with a kiss of jasmine; avoids the herbaceous quality of most Southern Hemisphere versions of the variety. Clean and brisk, offering racy citrus zest and peach skin flavors along with dusty quinine and honeysuckle. Finishes clean and brisk." And from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Sauvignon Blanc comes from low yields of 2 tons per acre and was tank-fermented. Medium straw-colored, it has an alluring bouquet of fresh herbs, citrus, and gooseberry. This is followed by a medium-bodied wine with round, concentrated flavors, good depth, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish." (08/08) Dan Pannell makes this wine at Picardy in Western Australia with fruit sourced from the cool Pemberton region. The wine is crisp and clean with aromas of citrus, herb and honeysuckle. On the palate, there is a wonderful creamy texture with mouthwatering acidity and a long, refreshing finish. An absolute steal. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Aussie wine buyer)

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 By: GZ |  Review Date: 1/2/2010 
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An average Sauvignon Blanc with moderate acidity, grassy aromas, and tropical flavors. Worth it for the price.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Western Australia

Alcohol Content (%): 13