JUST THE FACTS
Price: R60 (as of Jan 2017)
Winery: Diemersdal Estate
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Region: Durbanville
Country: South Africa
Ponce Factor: Low
Occasion: #midweek #bedhairdontcare
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This wine is drier than a Mitch Hedberg performance, which came as a surprise, considering the fairly warm Durbanville summers.
The vanguard aromas offer quite a sweet first impression, with peach blossom and litchi notes forming a stark contrast to the dry, but gloriously, clean lemon/lime acidity that follows. The palate is super crisp & carries clean, clear apricot notes, as well as some slightly unripe (thought not unpleasant) nectarine fruit complications.
Ifans & Streisand; a rare combination.
Sauvignon Blancs are a little like Rhy Ifans in the replacements; wiry. They are never going to pack beef, or cream, or velvet…or any of the other bizarre terms that alcoholics use to try and talk up a wine.
Nay, if an SB wants to shine, it needs a big nose and an acerbic wit. Streisand in a bottle.
What’s so lovely about this particular wine, (apart from the price!) is that it carries big open fruity aromas that you would expect from a warm sunny climate like Durbanville, but then also offers the singing citric acidity that one might hope for from a cooler Constantia SB, or perhaps an Elgin offering. If dinner conversation lulls, you can always take votes on who would win the celebrity deathmatch between Rhys and Barbs. Welsh wire versus New York feist. A worthy battle.
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