An exploration of wine

337. Cairnbrae, Wild South Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, 2006

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Book 2 Wine 337

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The 5th white from the Optimor first case, and I was slightly concerned about this because Sven had not enjoyed it – too overtly fruity. In the end, it was fine – definitely more ripe and overt than, say, and austere Sancerre, but nevertheless a good, honest Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. Relatively simple. Pale yellow-green. Overt gooseberry fruit nose, which adds some creamy and limey notes after some time in the fridge. Very fruity, upfront gooseberry palate, which again took on lime flavours over time. Fruit-sweetness is surprising, and a relatively ‘fat’ Sauvignon Blanc, with crisp but not shocking acidity. First impressions were a bit short in length, but filled-out and lengthened after a day or two. Not bad.

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