Summer wine – Sauvignon Blanc from Australia and New Zealand

2011 Sauvignon Blanc from Pizzini, King Valley

Apart from Riesling, I also love Sauvignon Blanc wines. Summer is the ideal seasons to savour them. We had bought a couple of bottles from various origins from our local grocery shop.

Two of these wines I want to introduce to you today. The two could not be more different. The first is a ‘2011 Sauvignon Blanc’ by Pizzini in the King Valley, a cool climate wine region in Northeastern Victoria.

These days low alcohol wines are very much en vogues, especially white wines. The Pizzini SB is one of them (11% alcohol). 2011 was a difficult vintage in Victoria. That somehow also shows in this wine. It is a bit “muted” in my view, but still enjoyable. I love the apple aromas and the well balanced acidity.

2010 Sauvignon Blanc by Tokoeka Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand

The second wine could not be more different from the first. The ‘2010 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve’ from Tokoeka Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand has 13.5% vol. alcohol.

It displays the full herbaceous character of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes. It is round and complex and has a long finish. The wine is clean, crisp and the acids are elegantly balanced.

Amazing what one can do with SB grapes.

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