McWilliam’s Cool Climate Sauvignon Blanc
Cooler climate regions provide a longer period of ripening, supporting the slow development of complex flavours and creating an elegant and balanced style of wine that partners many cuisines. In this Sauvignon Blanc the elegant and fragrant characteristics from the cooler, higher altitude vineyards in Hilltops are complemented by parcels from Orange that add drive and length to this unmistakeably cool climate wine.DOWNLOAD TASTING NOTES
Hilltops & Orange, New South Wales
Aromas of guava and gooseberry intertwined with notes of fresh garden herbs and blackberry leaf.
The palate is refreshing with fruit flavours dominating with a slight textural element providing some complexity. Bracing acidity providing great drive and length to the very refreshing palate.
There’s a minor trend out there to label wines by style – “Cool Climate” – rather than by specific region. This fits in with the mantra that wines should be sold on: quality, style and price, rather than necessarily on variety or region or … score. In the case of this wine, cool climate translates to grapes grown in Hilltops and Orange regions. The price needs to be factored into this wine because it is part of its appeal. It’s fresh and fruity and pretty good – given the price. It tastes cool-grown. The mid-palate has enough flavour; the finish is refreshing but perhaps fractionally wanting. Simple, fresh and effective-enough.