Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is delicate yet full, the palate is distinctively lemon and lime with subtle star anise, lemongrass and clove. Richness and weight are balanced with fresh acidity, giving direction and finesse.
Definitive Margaret River SBS of laser-like precision, sensational restraint and beautifully defined acidity& Line and length carry with unwavering determination. Its street price makes this one of the best value sauvignons on the shelves right now.
Vintage: 2012 Score: 95 points
It's interesting to taste these wines in the context of Marlborough's current dominance of the sauvignon blanc market. Why Marlborough and not Margaret River? It's got nought to do with wine quality. There's a sophistication to this. It's the thistle-like element, the trail of gunsmoke, the gravel and passionfruit pulp. It has intensity and a cream-like smoothness/softness and it pangs out beautifully as it leaves your mouth. Top notch really. I think those grassy/thistle-like elements hold these wines back a fraction in the marketplace but from a 'fine wine' perspective, that's part of what makes them so good.
Vintage: 2011 Score: 92 points
Source: The Wine Front
Light straw-green, it has an extra measure of intensity and drive, with an array of flavours ranging from grassy pea pod to citrus, and ultimately a touch of tropical fruit; the length is a given, likewise the balance.
Vintage: 2010 Score: 96 points
Margaret River SBS has come of age, shrugging off her girly giggles and slipping into something much more sophisticated. A touch of barrel work (just a small percentage here) adds texture and seamlessness to tightly restrained grapefruit, lemon and guava flavours.
Vintage: 2010 Score: 94 points
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