Reschke Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (Coonawarra, SA)
$22, Vinolok, 12.5%
This was opened first, but was last to open up (if you get my drift). Drank alot better cold too, with the wine looking more awkward as it warmed up.
Bright green in colour, this is very clean and fresh; smells it too, with a very fine and slightly reticent nose of pineapple, lemon and some crepe bandage oak (not bretty bandages though). Apparently it only saw only a little of this oak, however the rest of the wine is so neutral that the oak is dominating quite a bit at this stage of proceedings. Palate is clear and fresh, sour and neutral, with lemony acidity keeping it all very tight, though some resinous oak tannins through the finish are less than welcome.
All said, it’s not a bad effort, made with the right intentions and almost guaranteed to get much better with bottle age, however the more I came back to this, the less I liked it, particularly next to the wonderfully textural Terre. 16.5/88+