Nitida Sauvignon Blanc 2012 vs. Nitida Woolworths Exclusive Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012
By Christian Eedes, 16 July 2012
Two versions of Sauvignon Blanc from the much heralded 2012 vintage by Durbanville property Nitida. The standard label (R70 a bottle) is knock-out. A dusty note on the nose before a hugely concentrated palate with a wide range of flavour from lime to green melon and some pyrazine bite on the finish. Tangy acidity meanwhile lends verve. Alcohol by volume is admirably low at 12.68% and a residual sugar of 3.3g/l contributes to nice palate weight. Score: 18/20.
I found the Nitida Woolworths Exclusive Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (recommended retail price: R74.99) less dramatic – there’s lime on the nose and palate but not nearly as much concentration. The alcohol level is again low at 12.63% and the wine is a tad drier with a residual sugar of 2.29g/l. Score: 15.5/20.
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