Last night, an impromptu taste-off between the Lutzville Cape Diamond Vineyards Cool Climate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and Zonnebloem Sauvingon Blanc 2010. The former wine sells for R24.20 and rated 2½ Stars as well as scoring 20 out of 20 on the good value scale in Wine magazine’s 2011 Best Value Wine Guide; the latter has a retail price of around R40 a bottle and sports a gold medal from this year’s Michelangelo International Wine Awards, despite only rating 2½ Stars in the Wine magazine Top 10.
The Lutzville offers fantastic quality relative to price: touch of grassiness on the nose, flavours of lime and, to get a little fanciful, kumquat, with really racy acidity. Worth at least half a star more than it got in the Value Guide, to my mind. As for the Zonnebloem, nothing more than “good commercial” (as I’m sure it was intended to be): tropical fruit, soft acidity.