Stoneleigh Latitude Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Sauvignon Blanc like this is an easy target. Big, sweaty and driven by those classic ‘cats-pee-on-a-gooseberry-bush’ thiols, it is a natural focal wine for the ‘anything but passionfruity Sauv’ school of modern wine critics.
But dismissing this wine because it’s built in an aromatic driven, gold medal hunting style is pure folly. It’s too impressively intense for that sort of scorn. Indeed it’s almost a caricature on the nose, such is the passionfruit, the pungency is backed by a juicy, fruity, heavyweight palate. Yet it has and doesn’t taste awkward.
Sancerre it’s not, and just a little hard around the edge, but gee this has a place – Sauv turned up to 11 to sing its style and origins.
Details: 13.5%, Screwcap, $24.99. Sample. Best drinking: 2015-2016. Score: 17/20, 90/100. Would I buy it? Not quite. A bit too OTT for more than a glass.
Buy online: Stoneleigh website