Reviewed: 12 February 2013
Another interesting tasting, with the lightly oaked versions tending to be preferred by the judges for their greater complexity and excellent mouth-feel. The balance of these wines was the key to their success.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Amberly and E&T Gnangara will provide plenty of enjoyment on a warm afternoon if you are looking for an uncomplicated drink.
Redgate Wines – Sauvignon Blanc – Reserve – 2012 (18). Elegant and refined, this is a lovely wine. This is a restrained expression of SB where the fruit is subdued and the textural components carry the finish. The hint of sugar to close balances the palate nicely, while a touch of barrel ferment to add texture. Unanimous praise from the panel.
Singlefile Wines – Sauvignon Blanc – Fume Blanc – 2012 (17.5). A good example that balances grassy fruit with refreshing, lively acidity. There is excellent length and the fruit builds in the mouth. Complex, this is a nice compromise between ripe fruit and the savoury structure that comes from a portion of the fruit being fermented in barrel. The lime like acidity to close maintains the freshness.
Evans & Tate – Sauvignon Blanc – Metricup Road – 2012 (17.5). A lightly worked style with complex flint and match-stike character over minerals. The palate is textured and long, the barrel ferment and lees work providing the structure over which the fruit is built. With lemony acid to close, this is long and savoury. The balance and texture are a highlight. A very smart wine that will age well in the short term.
Brookwood Estate – Sauvignon Blanc – 2012 (17). Tropical fruit with gooseberry over lemon zest. Good length and bright fruit, this offers a lot in a mainstream style.
Chalice Bridge – Sauvignon Blanc – The Estate – 2012 (17). Opens with grassy notes on the nose. The palate is grassy and savoury, with excellent texture and mouth-feel. The phenolics have been well judged, adding texture and complexity.
Amberley – Sauvignon Blanc – Secret Lane – 2012 (16.5). Fresh and vibrant, with juicy, lemony acidity. Not overly complex, but will be good value drinking if well chilled.
Evans & Tate – Sauvignon Blanc – Gnangara – 2012 (16.5). Grassy, mid weight fruit on both the nose and palate. The acid carries the finish making this a good choice served cold on a warm afternoon.