Two versions of Sauvignon Blanc from the much heralded 2012 vintage by Durbanville property Nitida. The standard label (R70 a bottle) is knock-out. A dusty note on the nose before a hugely concentrated palate with a wide range of flavour from lime to green melon and some pyrazine bite on the finish. Tangy acidity meanwhile lends verve. Alcohol by volume is admirably low at 12.68% and a residual sugar of 3.3g/l contributes to nice palate weight. Score: 18/20.
I found the Nitida Woolworths Exclusive Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (recommended retail price: R74.99) less dramatic – there’s lime on the nose and palate but not nearly as much concentration. The alcohol level is again low at 12.63% and the wine is a tad drier with a residual sugar of 2.29g/l. Score: 15.5/20.