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Nitida Club Select Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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Invigorating.

Yesterday at tasting to “celebrate and explore” some of the wines of Durbaville to have won awards this year. The ward’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means it really can claim cool climate growing conditions and as a result the wines are characterised by being lighter bodied and fresher than many. If producers struggle with anything, then it is that the wines tend to be overtly “green”.

Nitida Club Select Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Top 100 SA Wines 2012
My score: 17/20
Overtly herbal on the nose. Flavours of lime, grapefruit  and paprika. Great concentration and bracing acidity. Long, dry finish.

Diemersdal MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Top 100 SA Wines 2012
My score: 16.5/20
Matured in 500-litre French oak barrels, 100% new for 12 months. Not very expressive on the nose or palate. A wine more about texture and palate weight. Tangy acidity, saline finish.

Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Chardonnay 2010
Top 10 at Chardonnay du Monde
My score: 15.5/20
50% tank fermented, 50% matured in barrel for 10 months. Lemon, slight buttery note, attractive vanilla on the nose and palate. Medium bodied with moderate acidity. Pleasant but rather straightforward.

De Grendel Shiraz 2010
International judges’ trophy at Old Mutual Trophy Wien Show
My score: 17/20
30% Durbanville, 70% Agter Paarl. See previous comments about this wine here. In the context of this tasting, the wine definitely appeared bigger and warmer.

Hillcrest Hornfels 2009
Silver at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012
My score: 15.5/20
Extremely herbal on the nose and palate. Also red and black fruit, attractive oak. Medium bodied with fresh acidity and a pleasantly austere finish. I’ve liked this wine very much on previous occasions but the more I encounter it, the more I consider it too green to be considered outstanding.

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