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Make no mistake – Margaret River dominated this
tasting, in both results and entries submitted.
One of the main reasons for this strong showing
was the vast amount of semillon, sauvignon blanc
and blends thereof submitted. Numbering 41, the
region’s synergistic duo accounted for almost half of
the region’s entries.
While ubiquitous Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
and SBS blends continue to provide precious cash
flow for producers, more vignerons are taking
inspiration from the Bordelais and introducing
barrel-ferment characters, in varying amounts,
to wines that were once just crunch and punch.
It’s a stylistic move that Scoop whole-heartedly
applauds and we hope that more producers
decide to follow suit.
2010 Georgiana Sauvignon Blanc, $19, 18.5
This is one fine wine. Pure, ripe fruit that is so very
fresh and juicy that it just invites you back for a
second glass. Clever winemaking at its best here
brings out the best this variety can offer from a great
vineyard. Delicate, precise and classy.
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $25, 18.5
This is a wine of all class from a magic vintage in
Margaret River. It’s a classical cab sav with the richness,
tannin structure and persistence of a great vintage
where the wine is most attractive as a young wine,
but will be so rewarding with time in a cool cellar.
Not to be missed.
2010 Private Bin Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, $32, 18.5
Fantastic appealing pale green colour makes the
first statement before you even taste or smell. A
complex, stylish blend that’s multi-layered, yet still
shows its regionality with citrus notes combined
with herbaceous sauvignon. These are overdubbed
with clever barrel fermentation and funky lees
characters, giving the wine a gentle roundness in
the middle palate. The soft acid finish makes it a
great crowd pleaser.
CHALICE BRIDGE ESTATE
2010 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, $20, 17.5
Showing all the classic trademarks the region is
noted for, this is what you expect from Margaret
River: spotlessly clean, the semillon dominates
the palate showing typical cut-grass flavours with
hints of citrus, lemon and lime flavours. This wine
doesn’t shy away from its upfront tropical fruit and
herbaceous flavours, but carries them all in its stride
due to refined acidity. Drink icy cold over summer.
Not complex, but ticks all the right boxes.
DEEP WOODS ESTATE
2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $20, 17.5
Beautiful ripe sauvignon blanc fruit made to a lovely
elegant style which would suit any type of seafood
you could think to match with it. This wine is all
about the palate. Loads of fresh, typically varietal
fruit flavour and a terrific balance that makes it so
easy to drink.
2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $20, 17.5
A wonderful, complex wine with richness and
flavour to boot that was a pleasure to taste. Hints
of gooseberry and layers of flavour with depth,
plus an interesting, thought-provoking creaminess
derived from some clever winemaking. A wine worth
seeking out to look at what’s happening in modern
sauvignon blanc styles.
2010 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, $35, 17 .5
This wine shows some of the obvious oak characters
quite opposed to the overt tropical fruit cocktail of
its contemporaries. The semillon component gives
this wine a delicate, herbal character and the mouth-
wateringly bright acidity keeps all the herbaceous
characters in check. This’ll stand up to cellaring too.
2010 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, $22, 17.5
An enticing and attractive blend characterised by
stone fruit, melons and tropical fruit aromas. We
were impressed with the degree of fruit weight on
the palate with just a hint of oak and racy acidity. A
very good example of Margaret River SBS with some
added complexity to boot.
2010 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, $25, 17.5
The light pale straw colour gives no indication of the
refined power to this blend. There’s a clearly defined
herbal, lemony and fresh-cut grass character on the
nose. The long, refreshing palate carries these same
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