Delaire Sauvignon Blanc 2009 vs. The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc 2009
By Christian Eedes, 31 December 2011
For all the real or perceived shortcomings of Sauvingon Blanc, it works pretty well as an aperitif after a day on the beach. Two highly acclaimed examples recently were the Delaire 2009, which not only placed among the winners of the 2009 Top 10 competition but was also rated 5 Stars in the now defunct Wine magazine and The Berrio 2009, 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011.
The Delaire 2009 is looking magnificent at the moment, perfectly proportioned with lime and lemon grass aromas and flavours before a pithy finish. The Berrio 2009 is arresting, overtly green with bracing acidity.
The Delaireis a multi-regional blend consisting of 70% Olifantsrivier, 25% Stellenbosch and 5% Durbanville fruit and while just about flawless (my score: 18/20) could be described as “international” in style. The Berrio, meanwhile, is entirely from Elim – perhaps of more limited appeal than the Delaire but utterly distinctive (score: 16/20).