Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauv Blanc 09 vs. Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauv Blanc Ltd Release 09

By , 18 March 2013

An exercise in perfectionism.

Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc Limited Release 2009 side by side over the weekend, the former rated 5 Stars in the 2010 edition of Platter’s and the latter among the winners of the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition.

Four years on from vintage, there are certainly some subtle stylistic differences between the two wines but little to differentiate them in terms of basic quality. Both were made in an overtly reductive style and both remain quite tight and angular. The standard label from widely sourced grapes (including 8% Nouvelle according to Platter’s) shows notes of green bean, asparagus and gravel road dustiness on the nose. Out of the two, it has greater richness – relatively creamy in texture with nicely coated acidity. Score: 17/20.

The Limited Release, meanwhile, from predominantly Darling plus some Lutzville fruit is more overtly herbaceous, more flinty (reductive). Great concentration, driving acidity and a long, dry finish. More focused than the standard label but arguably possessing less popular appeal. Score: 17/20.


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