The re-emergence of wooded Sauvignon Blanc

“I’d rather drink a wooded Sauvignon Blanc over an unwooded Chardonnay,” remarked celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood over lunch the other day and I tend to share the sentiment. Chablis is Chablis but local unwooded Chardonnay often underwhelms, the wines failing to show real complexity. Wooded Sauvignon Blanc, on the other hand, is re-emerging as a […]

July 6, 2017
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Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Blanc Fumé (wooded Sauvignon Blanc) is enjoying something of a resurgence, one of the cellars who are pursuing this style being Marianne in Stellenbosch. The 2015 was impressive (see here) and the 2016 is again on the money, winning gold at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Including 8% Semillon, it was fermented and […]

June 29, 2017
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Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Marianne in Stellenbosch was established by prominent Bordeaux producer Christian Dauriac in 2004, the resulting wines have tended to be in a rich, big style – Dauriac is friends with consultant Michel Rolland and his influence shows. Somewhat curiously then Francois Haasbroek, previously of Waterford and now making his wines under the label Black Water, […]

January 23, 2017
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