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Wine Tasting Video: Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, Slovenia & Bordeaux March 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm

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Fairview Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Darling, South Africa (£9.99 SA Wines Online, Richard Granger Wines, House of Menzies, Thedrinkshop.com, Liberty Wines)
Perky youngster, clean, keen and intense with citrus, lemon grass and fynbos flavours (that’s Cape garrigue for want of a better term), only a light charred/smoky note in the background lets it down. B+

Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£11.99-13.99 Palmers Wine Store, ND John, D Byrne, Woodwinters, Thind Wine Merchants, Wineraks, All About Wine)
Combines quite fleshy pear, guava and nectarine flavours with a sappier citrus edge, rounded yet crisp, and although it tastes good now, you feel that it still has some uncurling to do. S

Pullus Sauvignon 2012, Stajerska, Slovenia (£10.95 Winety)
Intriguing wine, less on the taut citrussy edge and more on fruits like ripe red apple, Victoria plum and rhubarb, with its more exotic elements reined in by a minerally backbone. S-

Clos Floridene Graves Blanc 2012, Bordeaux (£16.99 Co-operative Stores)
Still a pup, with the impact of smoky oak still very much present. However, there’s also a wealth of fruit – greengage and pear (fresh and tinned) – and a rich but restrained finish. Good now, better in 2016. S

Pullus Sauvignon ‘G’ 2011, Stajerska, Slovenia (£14.95 Winety)
Is there some late-harvest fruit here? There’s certainly something giving a rich, honeyed edge to the exotic rhubarb and plum flavours, and there’s also a floral elderflower, character to add further interest. Full, broad-shouldered style, but still tangy thanks to citrus acidity. S

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