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A Snappy Sauvignon Blanc

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape 2007
Bruce Sanderson
Posted: February 3, 2009

I like to escape winter with a trip to Florida, and got lucky this year, because the weather was ideal. With the mercury hitting about 80 degrees F each day and rarely dipping below 70 in the evening, it was perfect for crisp white wines. A Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa fit the bill perfectly.

If you like this varietal and already know the versions from New Zealand and Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations in France's Loire Valley, you ought to try one of the versions coming out of South Africa. In general, they are fresh and zippy, with citrus and green fruit, herb and vegetable notes, like pea, chive, peppery greens or cut grass.

The Mulderbosch offered bright fruity aromas and flavors of gooseberry, melon and cut grass, all nicely balanced and refreshing, with a lingering finish (88 points, non-blind). It cost $18.

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape 2007 (89, $21, 10,000 cases imported)

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