Trizanne Signature Wines Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018

By , 2 March 2021

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Do wines change in bottles? The Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2018 from Trizanne Signature Wines was first reviewed on this site nearly 18 months ago as part of the Sauv-Sem Blend/Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report 2019. It rated 91 points on the 100-point scale whereas the Reserve Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 from the same producer, also in the line-up, rated 93.

The 2018 is now set for commercial release (R225 a bottle) and is drinking very well indeed. It’s a blend of 64% Sauvignon Blanc and 36% Semillon (compared to the 2017 which consisted of 52% Sem and 48% Sauvignon Blanc) and some bottle maturation has allowed it to knit and unfurl.

The nose shows lime, white peach, herbs and elderflower plus a hint of waxiness while the palate has great purity and focus – it’s concentrated and smooth textured in the best sense but equally possesses a great line of acidity. The density of fruit is impressive, the clarity and drive compelling.

CE’s rating: 94/100.

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  • Kwispedoor4 March 2021

    Had this last night. Whenever Trizanne releases a wine, one has much reason to expect an accomplished wine of distinction and good value to boot, but this is truly gorgeous. Our bottle showed some beguiling black currant as well. One thing that stands out is its exceptionally long aftertaste, the hallmark of all great wines.

    In my experience, most of the Sauvignons and Bordeaux-style whites from Elim really doesn’t “show” when they’re young. They start of tight and it takes time for them to unfurl and blossom. Once that stage is reached, they last far longer than expected. In a blind tasting, many people would often guess an older vintage as a more recent one. R225 for an investment wine like this? Take my money!

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