A continuous point of debate while judging the Unwooded Sauvignon Blanc Class during this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show was how much methoxypyrazine character to tolerate. In line with the general tendency prevalent locally at the moment, I was inclined to give high reward to wines showing a pronounced herbaceous character, international judge Debra Meiburg MW out of Hong Kong was particularly hard on them, while third panel member and head of the Singita Private Game Reserve wine programme François Rautenbach was somewhere in between.
Meiburg’s argument is that high pyrazine Sauvignon Blanc is passé, it doesn’t age well and tends not to pair well with Asian food. So is our fixation with cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc from areas such as Darling, Durbanville, Elgin and Elim misguided?
Yesterday, The Weathergirl 2008 from Elim winery The Berrio, a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon and rated 5 Stars in the 2010 edition of Platter’s. Weightless intensity with scintillating acidity making for super-long finish but flavour profile very, very green. Think of every green flavour you’ve ever tasted: green bean, green pepper, coriander, parsely, rocket. Essence of green. Green exemplified. I’m not sure this would be big in Hong Kong but I’m afraid I remain a sucker for it.