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(2020) Margaret River in Western Australia is synonymous with high quality Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blends for its white wines, and it is rare to see one for less than £12 or so from this premium, ocean-influenced region. This is a 2020 vintage, harvested just a few months ago, so obviously not a wine that has seen extended and expensive barrel ageing, but in fact I thought it was lovely, the cut and vivacious, zesty punch of the Sauvignon showing a touch of oily green bean weight on the palate, with very good fruit and a fine, slicing citrus core of acidity. Really rather delicious summer drinking with just 12.5% alcohol, and dry in the finish.
(2016) Another that has sadly sold out, this is a classic Margaret River blend of Semillon and Sauvingnon Blanc, where the merest glimpse of elederflower pungency is swept up in fat citrus and more tropical fruit, before a palate that lets the Sauvignon freshness, guava and lychee richness show through, set against tight, dry, apple core acidity.
(2010) A blend of 47% Semillon, 46% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Riesling, 2% Chenin Blanc and 2% Viognier. Some pungent, herby, dill-like aromatics but mostly a melange of lime and more tropical fruit. The palate has lovely definition, a sparkling acidity giving length but the sweet fruit melding and folding nicely into the finish.
(2008) Murray McHenry and David Hohnen are the men behind this family winery in Margaret River (they are brothers-in-law), but Hohnen in particular needs little introduction as the hugely experienced winemaker who in 1976 started Cape Mentelle in Margaret River, before going on to establish Cloudy Bay in New Zealand, where he stayed until 2003. This 50/50 blend weighs in at a refreshing 12.5% alcohol, and quite simply bursts from the glass with a fabulously aromatic, vivid and spiky character, with lemongrass and gooseberry, a big streak of something herbal and grassy, and hints of an intriguing sesame seed nuttiness. On the palate it is equally vigorous and fresh, with masses of crisp, tangy, mouth-watering citrus fruit and razor-sharp lemon-pith acidity powering through in the finish. , AG Wines.
(2007) A lovely touch of Burgundian green bean vegetal quality here, with green fig and hazelnut notes to ripe melon and ripe apple fruit. The palate has plenty of sweetness, with a tang of green apple, and a lovely ripeness and richness. This has terrific intensity and sweetness to the fruit, and sufficient acidity along with some mealy notes to add tension.
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