Shannon Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014

By , 24 September 2014

More to it than meets the eye.

More to it than meets the eye.

While some Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends present too much Sauvignon character, which is to say appear lean and green, the Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (R105 a bottle) which includes a portion of Semillon is arguably too rich and complex to be pitched as a single-variety wine.

The amount of Semillon – 11% fermented spontaneously and matured for 3 months in 100% new French oak – is not much but it makes a massive contribution.

A wonderfully expressive nose of citrus blossom and fynbos, pear and white peach, perhaps a hint of blackcurrant as well as some white pepper. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and full with coated acidity – there’s real weight here without the wine becoming ponderous and it’s about as demanding as Sauvignon gets.

It’s understandable why Shannon management want the wine viewed as straight Sauvignon as single-variety white wines generally outsell blends but this ain’t quaffer to be sipped by the side of the swimming pool. I think Shannon should grasp the nettle – make a proper blend and go up against the big boys like Cape Point Vineyards, Tokara and Vergelegen.

Score: 92/100.


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