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Olive Brook Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie 2011

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More than you bargained for.

Yesterday a look at the wines under the SPAR private label called Olive Brook. The different tiers have had a packaging make-over so the so-called “Prestige Collection” (all wines at R33.99 a bottle) comes in neon pink and the “Private Collection” (R46.99 to R56.99) in day-glo green. “Wines a difficult category to shop,” says SPAR group merchandise manager Mark Robinson and while the new livery isn’t going to win any design awards, it is going to stand out on shelf.

Most interesting wine of the day was the Sauvignon Blanc Sur Lie 2011. Fruit comes from seven vineyards situated in the areas of Darling, Durbanville, West Coast, Stanford and Stellenbosch and it was made at Kleine Zalze under the direction of Tinus van Niekerk, with it spending an extraordinary 18 months on the lees. It’s rich and round with peach and yellow apple flavours and tangy acidity – delicious but about as far away from “lean and zingy” as you can get. I’d score it 16.5/20 but I do wonder if it isn’t too geeky for its price-point…

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