Sunday, April 12, 2009

Meinert La Barry Coastal Region Sauvignon Blanc 85+ Points

2008 Meinert La Barry Sauvignon Blanc Coastal Region 85+ Points

When a specialist red winemaker marries a white wine drinker, something has got to give. And though it may not have been the simplest solution, producing a maiden white wine under the renowned Martin Meinert label was perhaps the most romantic.

Adding feminine flair to a line-up of predominantly masculine reds stemming from his Devon Crest vineyard outside Stellenbosch, the ‘La Barry’ Sauvignon Blanc 2008 bares a refreshing outcome of a promise made by winemaker Martin Meinert to his bride Leigh Ann Barry on their wedding day two years ago.

In his quest for excellence Martin eventually sourced prime grapes from Elgin, in the Overberg area, which comprises roughly two third of the blend, harvested in March and transported to his winery at Devon Crest where the fruit was painstakingly transformed into his first La Barry Sauvignon blanc. The remaining one third was from Groenekloof in Darling, both prime Sauvignon areas known for their moderate climate.

Pale straw, with good clarity and brilliance. Fresh, yellow pears, white floral, clay dust like earthiness, complex subtle aromas, well contained Sauvignon character, not aggressive. Structured palate, leesy, ripe lemon curd and crunchy green peas, touch white pepper spiciness, layered. Well made for a 2008.

Now until 2011".

10000 bottles produced.

Tasted 31 October 2008

Tomato and marinated mozzarella in pesto, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, fleur de sel and coarse black pepper, alternatively great as a sophisticated aperitif.
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