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Leeuwin Estate Siblings

Sauvignon Blanc,
 2018

$21.99 $18.99/bottle

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Description

A youthful and vibrant blend of Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, this wine has a vibrant and fragrant nose that shows lime, gooseberry and lemon flesh. Notes of lemon and lime continue through the palate, laced with savory almonds and fig

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Margaret River, Western Australia
Winemaker: Leeuwin Estate
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.0%

Winemaker's Notes

Fragrant and energetic, the nose has an abundance of lychee, kiwifruit and blackcurrant with lime curd and lemon sherbet. Thai basil, sliced fennel, ginger and citrus blossom sit neatly in the background. A gentle entry leads to a delicately textured mid palate. Bursting lemon, lime and grapefruit dominate throughout with bright acidity, a slightly savory line and a talc-like finish

John's Notes

Deliciously crisp and flavorful, my initial reaction if tasting on a blind would have been to label this one a Marlborough Sauv Blanc. In retrospect though, it was so tasty that I sprinted past the subtle clues that would have told me otherwise.

Pronounced intensity aromas of lemon, lime, fresh flowers, and herbs leapt from the glass to the nose’s delight. On the palate, fresh, crisp citrus notes of lime, lemon pith, and hints of white grapefruit and kiwi were supported by bright acidity and a protracted mineral and herbal finish that begged me to drink more – and I did!

Leeuwin’s Siblings Sauv Blanc is the 3rd bottle WJ has carried from this producer.  The Cab Sauv is gone, but there are still a few bottles of Leeuwin’s Shiraz 2017 ($17.99) left in stock if you haven’t tried it yet

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Leeuwin Estate, winemaker Tim Lovett

  • Leeuwin Estate, one of the founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia was established in 1973
  • In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, first identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to owners, Denis and Tricia Horgan in the establishment of Leeuwin Estate. The first vines were planted by hand over a five-year period from 1973

Variety: 87% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Semillon

Region: Margaret River, Western Australia

Climate/Vintage:  

  • The Margaret River region is located in the southwest tip of Australia, and is generally considered to have a warm maritime climate. It has relatively high rainfall compared to other parts of the country, but the rains are predominantly during the winter months
  • After a typically wet winter, flowering in all varieties was approximately ten days earlier than in vintage 2017. Spring was met by generally mild conditions, with the usual showery and sunny periods resulting in excellent set across most varieties. Summer was warm with very few hot days, and veraison occurred two weeks earlier than in 2017. 2018 was a spectacular year for flowering of the local Marri trees, which kept birds distracted from the ripening vineyards.  Harvest commenced in the Riesling in the middle of February, followed by Chardonnay a week later and then Sauvignon Blanc in the first weeks of March. An excellent vintage across all varietals

Viticulture/Winemaking:

  • The grapes were picked in the cool of the night by machine and immediately pressed
  • The juice was bottom racked off gross lees, then warmed and inoculated with pure yeast cultures and fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures for two weeks
  • After fermentation, the best individual parcels were assembled, then stirred, fined, stabilized and bottled

Alcohol:  13.0%

Pairs With: Steamed clams, scallops, pan seared flounder

Reviews

Wine Enthusiast (89): This Sauvignon, part of Leeuwin’s everyday drinking range, could be mistaken for a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Bombastic gooseberry, grass, green bell pepper and tomato leaf aromas charge out of the glass. Prickly, laser-like acidity is lean but refreshing, balanced by a slippery texture and a green herbal finish.  Christina Pickard 8/1/20

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