Delaire Sauvignon Blanc 2009 vs. The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc 2009

December 31, 2011
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 1 Comment

Thirst quenchers.

For all the real or perceived shortcomings of Sauvingon Blanc, it works pretty well as an aperitif after a day on the beach. Two highly acclaimed examples recently were the Delaire 2009, which not only placed among the winners of the 2009 Top 10 competition but was also rated 5 Stars in the now defunct Wine magazine and The Berrio 2009, 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011.

The Delaire 2009 is looking magnificent at the moment, perfectly proportioned with lime and lemon grass aromas and flavours before a pithy finish. The Berrio 2009 is arresting, overtly green with bracing acidity.

The Delaireis a multi-regional blend consisting of 70% Olifantsrivier, 25% Stellenbosch and 5% Durbanville fruit and while just about flawless (my score: 18/20) could be described as “international” in style. The Berrio, meanwhile, is entirely from Elim – perhaps  of more limited appeal than the Delaire but utterly distinctive (score: 16/20).

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  1. Johan SmutsJanuary 11, 2012 at 12:13 pmReply

    In my personal view the The Berrio is much much better.

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