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Simonsig Adelberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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Just in case you thought it was all about Bordeaux second growth and aged Boekenhoutskloof around here, the new releases of Adelberg, the entry-level label from Simonsig in Stellenbosch.

The Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (approximate retail price: R37.99 a bottle) shows a light herbaceous note on the nose and the palate is overtly fruity with moderate acidity, flavours including lime and a hint of green melon. There’s 6% Semillon which adds to the palate weight. Uncomplicated but imminently likeable. Score: 15/20.

The Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 (R44.99) shows ripe red and black fruit on the nose as well as a slight reductive note. A residual sugar of 5.06g/l is well concealed but overall the palate is quite simple with little tannic grip. Score: 14.5/20.

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