Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Made reductively in order to maximize the fruit personality of the vintage, the 2012 shows more marked fruit aromatics than usual, while maintaining the typical Southern Right balance of Old World minerality and length with hints of New World palate coverage and body. 2012 is a wine that favours origin expressive individuality, minerality and palate complexity ahead of pure, pungent varietal aroma. A significant percentage of fruit from clay-rich soil has added an intense mid-palate structural component and addition overall complexity to this wine.
Blend: 92% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Semillon
"This is pure and chiseled, and lovely notes of citrus rind, white peach, straw and fleur de sel racing to a mouthwatering finish. Should settle down with brief cellaring. Drink now through 2014.”"
"Pale, green-tinged yellow. Complex, bracing aromas of gooseberry, lemon peel, ginger, white flowers and crushed stone. Round and juicy, showing moderate flesh but excellent dusty palate presence to the flavors of citrus fruits, red grapefruit, minerals, fresh herbs and spices. Finishes tactile and brisk, with pungently aromatic, slightly tart hints of green tropical fruits and lime. A real wake-up call to the palate."
International Wine Cellar
Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. It was a very nice bottle. The fruity bouquet was great, but I don't know that I would say it stands out anymore than other Sauv's. It wasn't heavy on green or vegetative notes, which I prefer, but it was worthy of drinking. Don't hesitate to give it a try.
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In 1994, Anthony Hamilton-Russell founded Southern Right Cellars as a Pinotage specialist, convinced that Pinotage has the intrinsic qualities to produce truly world-class wine with a distinct South African expression and typicity. As an early ripening grape, it is Anthony"s belief that Pinotage will perform best in cooler, maritime areas, where a longer, slower ripening season...
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A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the
biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...
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One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety
that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire
Valley of France to Marlborough
in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique
and delicious flavors.
Sauvignon Blanc's home...
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