Full Review

Arabella

Arabella
2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$9.99
Best Buy
2017 Best South African White Wine

Arabella
2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 13%
Bright pale yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of fruit salad, banana soufflé, and guava with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long mango-apple relish, grapefruit, and coconut milk finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A juicy, tropical sauvignon blanc with zesty fruit and mouthwatering acidity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Savory & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: fruit salad, banana soufflé, and guava
Taste Flavor: mango-apple relish, grapefruit, and coconut milk
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Catfish Pad Ped, Chicken Teriyaki, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy, tropical sauvignon blanc with zesty fruit and mouthwatering acidity.

The Importer

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Sauvignon Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Sauvignon Blanc is a bit of a chameleon of a variety, as it changes its character depending on where it is grown. Most famously in France’s Loire Valley, (especially in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre), it is a rich dry white with distinct herbal notes in the nose and on the palate. In New Zealand, the flavors range from gooseberry to tropical; both styles have very good natural acidity. Certain areas in Chile also produce very tropical-driven examples with a touch of herbal character, while the typical California style is clean with melon and spearmint fruit with only traces of herbal notes.

Many styles of Sauvignon Blanc – especially those from New Zealand – are aged in steel tanks to preserve the aromatic qualities, while some producers in Sancerre or even in California age in wooden barrels; this for added texture and spice. Medium-full in body, Sauvignon Blanc is especially excellent paired with shellfish or seafood or lighter poultry with herbs.