Cleanskin, Sauvignon blanc, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, 2016
This wine: varietal sauvignon blanc, made from anonymous surplus wine of the named region, screw cap closure, 13% abv, Direct Wines, ~£9 (10/17)
Consumer tasting note: pale lemon, with rich ripe aromas of gooseberry, white peach, and a hint of green pepper, edged with a touch of sugary confectionery; medium bodied, with flavours of ripe gooseberry, white and yellow peach, and overripe citrus. Finishes long. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of lemon pith, gooseberry, green pepper, beeswax, a hint of sugary confectionery, white peach.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a very low-key grip, with flavours of gooseberry, white peach, yellow peach, overripe grapefruit, a hint of stewed ie not fresh, green pepper. A long length with a clean white peach edged finish, with just a touch of herbaceousness on the end.
Quality: good, finely judged acidity, sympathetic with the sensory profile, and with the alcohol; overall there is good intensity, with a similar concentration; showing an interesting moderate complexity, with most notably, a white peach-sugary confected note; finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing, but will keep for a year, or two – a sauvignon from a warm(ish) climate as indicated by the acidity, with a sensory profile made for pleasant short-term drinking.