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John Platter writes the foremost guide annually about South African wines.  It’s in the Platter’s Guide where you’ll find the glowing, multiple-year reviews of one of South Africa’s most noteworthy, almost cult-worthy wines — the Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc.

It hasn’t been an easy road for either South African wines nor the Mulderbosch estate.  The Dutch originally colonized the area as a provisions stop at the Cape of Good Hope and established some vineyards.  But centuries later the South African country was still embroiled in political turmoil and the international wine market had not yet developed substantially.

So when Larry Jacobs bought his vineyard land that had laid fallow for a century, and hired winemaker Mike Dubrovic to build some great wines, they had no idea that 20 years later they would both be known as the creators of South Africa’s best white wine.

This racy bottling single-handedly put South Africa on the map as a source of world class Sauvignon Blanc. One of the Cape’s most heralded and sought-after wines, it garners 90+ scores vintage after vintage. Vivid tropical fruit aromas give way to succulent, mouth-filling flavors of guava, lychee, gooseberry, lime, and fresh cut grass, supported by a bracing jolt of acidity. — 90 Points, Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

This wine has a strength not present in the mineral-laden Loire Valley examples.  It has a broad and dynamic personality not found in the more sedate California Sauv Blancs.  The fruit is more tempered and mature than the Northwest entries.  It compares closely with the intensity of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines, but you’ll discover a vein of spice hiding out.  It all combines into a wine that will dance with seafood and shellfish dishes.

This wine is regularly sold for $21.99

 

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There are few wines that hit the senses like Sauvignon Blanc.   When done right, it brightens a day, sharpens your mind and delights the palate.  Sauv Blancs tend to be the most minerally and dry of the white wines, and the final resting point of many long-time white wine lovers–the wine people finally decide most represents what they seek after getting bored with oak or sweetness.

DogPointHere is an example of the goal.  New Zealand’s Dog Point 2007 has blasts of lime and pineapple along with the traditional grapefruit and melon notes throughout.  The crisp acidity helps clean the palate when paired against the light oils of shellfish and the creamy textures of white sauces or butter.  The lightness of the flavors never overpowers the flavors of well done foods and leaves you wanting a bit more food and wine with every passing sip.

New Zealand has taken on Sauvignon Blanc as its signature white.  Crafting examples without the stony minerality of Loire Valley wines and with enhanced perception of fresh cut grassy notes and bigger, rounder citrus has become the classic style representing this island nation.

Because it comes from the southern hemisphere, this wine is 6 months older than northern 2007’s, which reveals itself in a more integrated palate.  The acidity helps hold everything together for the long term which means you can probably enjoy this wine throughout 2011.  But don’t bother waiting.  It’s one of the best under $20 Sauv Blanc examples we’ve encountered yet! 

This wine is available online at Salut! Wine Co. for $19.99, or available to wine club members for only $16.99!

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NewZealandSheepVisit the Dogpoint Winery’s Website
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Learn more about the most famous Sauv Blanc Region, The Loire, here at Salut! Wine’s Blog
Find out more about New Zealand’s history
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