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2012 Downes Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Sanctuary Peak Elgin Valley
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(blended with 11% barrel-fermented semillon):  Bright pale yellow.  Aromas of gooseberry, lime leaf and citrus peel are almost New Zealand-like in their penetrating pungency.  Then juicy, spicy and very dry but with excellent texture and intensity to the uncompromising flavors of citrus peel, white pepper and flinty minerals.  Excellent sauvignon blanc with real depth and spicy length, and a dusty peppery quality that leaves the mouth refreshed.  A lot of sauvignon blanc for the price--and one to seek out.

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South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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Sauvignon Blanc

For all of its name recognition and reputation for high-quality plantings and bottlings, Sauvignon Blanc has never been represented in lists or discussions of the spectacular wines of the world. But just because wines made from Sauvignon Blanc are rarely crafted for extended cellaring and don't command staggering sums in international auctions doesn't mean that...

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