Insightful to compare the 2011 with the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Nitida in Durbanville last night, the former having an alcohol by volume of 14% according to its back label and the latter 12.5%.
Given my oft-expressed position that Sauvignon Blanc is better when not too green, then you’d think I would’ve preferred the riper 2011 but this was not the case. Precisely because of its ripeness, the 2011 was rich, creamy textured and tending to unwieldy (score: 87/100).
The 2012, which contains 5% Semillon, was lighter and crisper and the better for it (score: 89/100). Flavour profile is one thing but mouth-feel matters, too.