Watershed Shades Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2013 Review

Posted: September 16, 2014 in Australia
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Watershed Shades Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2013Watershed SBS

Style: Dry white

Region: Margaret River, WA

Overview: Why blend? Because at times, several varieties can be overlap and cover the shortfalls of a single variety to create something close to perfect. Sure, in Australia we love single varieties but unbeknownst to many, an everyday favourite like Shiraz often has small amounts of other varieties added to create lift or structure. For instance a high percentage of the wines labelled as ‘Shiraz’ will have a small amount (around 5%) of Viognier added to add aromatics and soften tannins. Sauvignon Blanc is a pungent, fresh, clean variety with notes of tropical fruits, whereas Semillon displays citrus and Phenolics (grassy tones) so when blended together the Sauvignon Blanc catches our attention by jumping out of the glass but on the palate the Semillon adds elegance and length. Blending is not a case of a winemaker throwing two wines together and hoping for the best like some mad scientist but a calculated decision to make the very best wine they can.

Tasting note: Pungent passionfruit on the nose with delicate undertones of citrus and cut grass. The palate has a great balance between savoury and tropical; it is pure, clean and fresh. The kind of wine you may seek on a warm, spring afternoon when one glass is just not enough.

Final Say: Perfect as the weather continues to warm. $14.99

Score: 17.5 out of 20

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