Friday, 18 October 2013

Raidis Estate "The Kelpie" Sauvignon Blanc 2012

After one whiff I initially thought this was a Sauvignon Blanc with some barrel work. Tick! Now that's the Sauvignon Blanc I have been liking lately. A quick chat with winemaker Steve Raidis burst my bubble. 100% tank! But you know what? I still liked it.

There is a point of difference here however. It's textural, and first and foremost, it drinks well. Certainly not the best varietal example I've had but I'd have a glass or two with lunch.

The aromas seemed a little constricted first up but once the belt was loosened up a little, spring flowers, herbs, green melon and gooseberries came to play. It didn't come across as a fresh Sauv Blanc as there was certainly more to it.

Textural interest reigned supreme with flavours which lasted nicely. A slight wash of musk in the mix added to the interest. Good acid too makes this an inviting wine to have with a lunchtime chicken salad.

Who: Raidis Estate
What: Sauvignon Blanc (12.7% alc)
Where: Coonawarra
When: 2012
How: $19

www.raidis.com.au