Douglas Green Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2012

By , 15 October 2012

Douglas Green Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Douglas Green Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Fresh and fruity.

On Friday, the 70th anniversary celebration of Douglas Green wines. Now owned by producer-wholesaler DGB,CEO Tim Hutchinson reported that the brand had become “too sterile” according to market research and so packaging underwent a make-over recently, each label now prominently proclaiming “Founded 1942” and a deliberately naïve drawing of the original Douglas Green and dog scouring the vineyards in early model Chevrolet pick-up truck.

Unfortunately, I found the wines themselves “too sterile”, even though many of them appear in current edition of the Ultra Liquors Best Value Wine Guide – the whites typically exceptionally neutral, the reds sweet and soft. The single variety wines retail for between R35 and R40 a bottle so hardly top end stuff but there’s plenty of more characterful stuff for the same price out there. Incongruously, the two blends a Chenin Blanc Sauvingon Blanc 2012 and Merlot Malbec 2011 come in even cheaper (between R25 and R30 a bottle) but to my mind make for my satisfying drinking.


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