Monday, April 13, 2009

2008 Catherine Marshall Sauvignon Blanc 2008

2008 Catherine Marshall Sauvignon Blanc 86 Points

This 2008, is without doubt the best Sauvignon Blanc made to date by Catherine Marshall, in a vintage not to be remembered due to intermittent rain and other climatic and viticultural challenges

Made from Durbanville fruit, after numerous tastings, it’s by far the best of the hills for 2008, even compared side by side with the most established wineries or brands of the Durbanville wine valley, and I believe it’s more a matter of unique expression of the site where the grapes come from as well as the micro climate surrounding that specific block, rather than wine making genius.

Bright, clear, pale straw, with green tinge, medium concentration, low plus viscosity, clean.

Expressive, classic grassy Cape Sauvignon, with gooseberries, greengage, flinty aromas, white pebbles.

Crisp, fresh, unwooded, ripe green and white pepper spiciness, soft acid remisnescent of green granadilla, good integration of flavours, supported by an excellent mid palate concentration.
Commendable 12.5 % alcohol by volume.
From now until 2013.

suggest : great at lunchtime with a mixed autumnal salad, crumbly feta, Rosa tomato, hard boiled quail egg, honey dew melon, mustard and passion fruit vinaigrette and croutons.

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