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Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Bullet proof.
Bullet proof.

Is there a more decorated Sauvignon Blanc in the country? The 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages have all rated 5 Stars in Platter’s while 2007 through 2010 placed among the winners of the Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition, 2008 and 2009 both doing this twice.

So how is the 2012 (R170 a bottle) looking? From a combination of Firgrove and Groenekloof grapes, there were 18 hours of skin contact after crushing, five months of lees contact after fermentation. Analysis as follows: Abv 13.69%, RS 2.4g/l, TA 6.7g/l, pH 3.36.

This is immaculately crafted stuff. Granadilla and grapefruit aromas and flavours. Super-concentrated, creamy textured, nicely coated acidity. To be hyper-critical, it comes across as a bit deliberate and doesn’t exactly dance across your palate but then it’s probably a good 24 months off drinking at its best.

Score: 90/100.


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