Apologies for the butchered song title, but it just crept in when I said ‘3 cheap Savvies’ out loud. These wines are all under $20 and quite different in their style – hardly benchmarks, but an interesting operation all the same.
Yalumba Mawsons Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (South Australia)
Water green colour, citrus, cut grass & a little tropical fruit. The palate is very light, water light & very fresh, in a citrussy, just tropical & grapefruity, the acidity soft and well integrated. For an under $15 Savvy, this ticks alot of boxes – fresh, citrussy, well made and when served ice cold, quite enjoyable. Great value simple wine. 16.5
Wild Rock Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Marlborough, NZ)
The 07 vintage of this was really quite good – textural, light and well balanced. The 08 is built in a similar mould.
Water green colour, with a light yellow tint. The nose here is tinned asparagus and a touch of guava in a somewhat confronting mould, the palate similarly quite overtly grassy, if slightly weedy with some soapy textural elements in there too. Its not a bad wine, but it just feels strained and thin. I definitely prefer the 07. 16.6
3 Tales Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Marlborough, NZ)
Snappy packaging from this De Bortoli joint operation. The nose shows intense grassy, herbal fruit, the palate is defined and quite long with citrus, grass and a herbal zing to the back palate. Grown up, well made Sauvignon Blanc at a very fair price. Good stuff 17.5
This felt like a big step up after the Wild Rock. Quite enjoyable.
Blue Pyrenees Viognier 2006 (Pyrenees, Vic)
A bright, light straw yellow colour. Sulphur, then some butter coated Apricot & barley sugars on the quite obvious nose. The palate is lean, oak dominated, apricotty and tails off pretty quickly finishing with slightly harsh oak tannins. Disappointing. 15.8