Levantine Hill Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014, Yarra Valley, AUD $35
I’ve been drinking more sauvignon blanc than usual these last few days. But not just any old sauvignon blanc. This grape variety polarizes wine drinkers. It’s a love/hate thing. Sometimes it seems as though the aficionados automatically despise anything that achieves mass popularity. Like Ken Done’s art, ABBA’s music, moscato or pinot gris.
A Greek moschofilero from the Troupis winery in Mantinia was one of the most enjoyable wines I found in my recent tasting of 88 ‘odd variety’ dry whites.
Summer is coming and with it, a thirst for light, crisp, refreshing dry whites. Aussie semillons, sauvignon blancs and blends of the two are just the shot for slaking the thirst and accompanying summery meals which are big on fish and seafood, salads, cold meats and vegetables.
Levantine Hill Samantha’s Paddock Melange Traditionelle, Yarra Valley 2012 $125 Value: fair The name denotes a blend of the Bordeaux red varieties and the wine tastes cabernet-based, with clean, fresh berry and herb aromas backed by fine oak, the structure elegant and refined. The finish