Wine Tasting Video: Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, Austria & Marlborough

Château Marotte Cuvée M White Bordeaux Blanc 2009, France (£7.49 Waitrose)
Decent enough with reasonable sappy elderflower flavour balanced by a honeyed richness, but the finish is a touch flat. C+

Hannes Sabathi Sauvignon Blanc Klassik 2010, Styria, Austria (contact The Wine Keller)
Lively youngster, quite ripe and full flavoured with pithy citrus, elderflower and (tinned) pear characters, plus something a little more exotic like pineapple. Fresh, immediate and tasty. S-

Hannes Sabathi Sauvignon Blanc Kranachberg 2009, Styria, Austria (contact the Wine Keller)
A year older, but more backward, but opens up to show a rich, spicy side, with the fruit playing second fiddle to the tight pithy mineral and earthy clay notes. Tasty and promising. S

Hannes Sabathi Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2007, Styria, Austria (contact the Wine Keller)
Hmmm… Can’t fault the intensity, but the pungent smoky oak character seems just too much for the fruit. I like the intense, citrus, earthy spice and waxy tinned pear characters, but the woodiness is overpowering, even after the wine has been open for a couple of days. B+

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand (£15.99 widely available – contact Liberty Wines for stockists)
Kiwi Sauvignon for grown-ups, this is intense but restrained, with herb-infused lemon and nectarine flesh and a touch of pear, but with just as much emphasis on minerality as the fruit. S

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