Backsberg John Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009

By , 18 July 2012




It’s clearly part of my fatal fascination with Sauvignon Blanc that even in the depths of winter and amidst literally hundreds of samples to taste for the 2013 edition of Platter’s, I can’t help opening a bottle as an aperitif.

Last night, the top-end John Martin Reserve 2009 from Paarl cellar Backsberg. Fruit predominantly from Durbanville and 5% fermented in barrel, I found it already quite developed. On the nose, green asparagus with a grassy top note while the palate appeared rich, full and relatively thick textured although not totally listless thanks to bright acidity. Lots going on but sitting very much at the green extreme of the flavourful spectrum. Score: 15.5/20.


1 comment(s)

  • Ashley Westaway14 September 2016

    I found a bottle of the 2009 in the local PnP Lquor, here in Grahamstown (believe it or not). Despite its having been “quite developed” in 2012, it is still very much intact four years later. Its backbone is in fact very firm. Asparagus still comes through on the nose, but there is now wonderful fruit – stonefruit, grapefruit and blackberry. It’s aged very well, to say the least.

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