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Nitida Sauvignon Blanc 2011 vs 2012

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Less is more.
Bigger isn’t always better.

Insightful to compare the 2011 with the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Nitida in Durbanville last night, the former having an alcohol by volume of 14% according to its back label and the latter 12.5%.

Given my oft-expressed position that Sauvignon Blanc is better when not too green, then you’d think I would’ve preferred the riper 2011 but this was not the case. Precisely because of its ripeness, the 2011 was rich, creamy textured and tending to unwieldy (score: 87/100).

The 2012, which contains 5% Semillon, was lighter and crisper and the better for it (score: 89/100). Flavour profile is one thing but mouth-feel matters, too.

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