With judging for the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition due to take place this week, I felt compelled to do a bit of benchmarking and hence a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc 2009 from Elim producer The Berrio, this wine having rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011.
Still amazingly primary but very much at the greener end of the flavour spectrum. It’s a style I’m partial to but there are some who would argue that the wine lacks detail. The problem with local Sauvignon Blanc is that extra nuance and complexity often comes at the expense of purity and focus.
Too often, the Sauvignon Blanc debate ends up as a stalemate between the proponents of a lean and racy style versus those of a rich and ripe style. Wines which convey a sense of completeness are rare, but it’s precisely such wines we should seek to reward if the Sauvignon Blanc category is to go to the next level.