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Newton Johnson Resonance 2009


A wine term only slightly less irritating to me than “minerality” in its ability to signify so much without really signifying anything at all is “linearity” but the Newton Johnson Resonance 2009 last night was nothing if not linear. A blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, this latter portion fermented and matured for three months in new oak. Alcohol by volume is an admirably 12.79% and though the wine shows less ripe rather than more ripe fruit character, it is not at all “green”. Rather really pure lime flavour and driving acidity. The Semillon portion hardly adds fatness but rather prevents it from becoming too severe. Score: 17/20.


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