Alan & Veitch Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Alan and Veitch Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Alan and Veitch Sauvignon Blanc 2010

I think some of the best white wines in the world are the result of barrel fermenting Sauvignon Blanc e.g. Bordeaux, Margaret River, Pouilly Fumé. I feel this is an excellent style for the Adelaide Hills to differentiate itself from the multitudes of unoaked Sauvignon Blancs coming from New Zealand. The wine shows a complex range of aromas including pears, gooseberries, natural yoghurt, buttered toast and lemon peels. The palate is medium to full bodied with subtle oak nuances and a creamy yet crisp finish. Some nicely restrained winemaking here. This wine shows some capacity to age. Drink now to 2018.

About the Winery:

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson owns two cool climate vineyards in the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills that go into two separate labels. His namesake “Robert Johnson” comes from a 30-acre vineyard planted primarily to Shiraz and Merlot high in the Eden Valley. The second label is named after his parents “Alan and Veitch” and comes from fruit based high in the Adelaide Hills. This second vineyard is planted primarily to Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. Although he admits that “my friends think I’m crazy to grow Merlot”, his Merlot’s are actually wonderful. However, it is the deliberate style of short barrel aged Sauvignon Blanc and delicate cool-climate Eden Valley Shiraz that seem to shine. Robert Johnson produces interesting and thoughtful wines (despite his rockabilly haircut!) that display the subtlety and nuances of the high hills from which they come.

The Region:

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

4.5 out of 5

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