Clairault Sauvignon Blanc, 2008

The Clairault Sauvignon Blanc is the wine of the week in today’s SMH. Huon Hooke writes:

Clairault is one of Margaret River’s big improvers. Across the range, its wines show well in my tastings and this won a gold medal at last year’s Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Pale in colour, it has a powerful aroma of gooseberries and citrus fruits, fresh and vital in the mouth, with echoes of lemon zest on the tongue.

Very lively on the palate, it has bracingly crisp acidity adding to its serious length and drive. A lick of sweetness is well within the bounds of balance. A benchmark sauvignon blanc, 12.5 per cent alcohol and screw-capped.

Wine and food pairing: fresh goat’s cheese on witlof; caprese salad; feta in garlic olive oil; most salads and vegetable dishes.

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