Wine Tasting Video: Sauvignons from Australia, Chile, New Zealand & South Africa

The second batch of Sauvignons I’ve tried recently – the first is here

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand (£9.99 widely available)
Classic style, a touch off-dry with a mix of juicy grassy citrus and riper, more exotic tropical fruit, a good zesty crowd-pleaser. B(+)

The Doctors’ Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand (£11.99 Virgin Wines)
It doesn’t feel as scrawny as most wines in the modern low-alcohol trend (as opposed to the classic German or Moscato styles), but while the flavour’s perfectly decent, zesty and crisp, with a grapey edge to the citrus and elderflower flavours, it’s just a touch angular. B-

The Township Winery Philippi Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Western Cape, South Africa (£11.99 Virgin Wines)
Rather dumb initially, does open up to show touches of citrus and green pepper, and a stony edge, it’s just a little short. C

Casa Silva Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Colchagua Valley, Chile (£8.50- £9 Arkells, Bayley & Sage, Barrels & Bottles, Frank Stainton Wines, George Hill, Ralph Needham, Fine Wines Direct, Inverarity 1:1, Lockett Bros, New London Wine, RWP Wines, Michael Jobling Wines, Arthur Rackham)
Less in-yer-face than many an SB, and all the better for it. Has sappy Spring flavours – greengage, apple, blackcurrant leaf – plus more summery pear and nectarine, rounded and satisfying, more like Bordeaux than NZ/Loire. S-

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Margaret River, Australia (£20.50-£22.50 Domaine Direct, Beaconsfield Wine Cellars, Fortnum & Mason, House of Menzies, Uncorked, Winedirect)
Classy youngster with the merest hint of smokiness speaking of oak influence, has a slightly green catty edge, with English summer fruits like fruit like greengage, rhubarb and raspberries alongside the citrus notes. Long taut finish, delicious. S(+)

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand (£12.99 Averys of Bristol)
Bouncy, boisterous wine, packed with grassy asparagus and gooseberry flesh and with a touch of sweetness to round out the green apple and citrus acidity. B+

Klein Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Constantia, South Africa (£12.00 EH Booth, Hennings Vintners, SWIG, SA Wines On Line, Wimbledon Wine Cellar)
There’s almost a briny character here, alongside toasty lemon pith and gunflint flavours. Cool and ‘green’, but thankfully lacks the shrieking green pepper edge of many Cape Sauvignons, and finishes with both crispness and richness. S(-)

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