10/08/2008Oxford Landing (Australia) Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Oxford Landing is a perennial favourite of many Sauvignon Blanc fans. Not many Australian producers have managed to gain a really strong fan base with this cool-climate grape variety, usually more at home in the moderate temperatures of the Loire Valley or New Zealand's South Island than the arid and hot landscape of South Australia. But Oxford Landing - part of the Yalumba family - is something of a Sauvignon specialist, having first planted the variety in 1959. The 2007 vintage weighs in with only 11.5% ABV. It has a very pale, almost transparent colour with a hint of green, and a nose of flowers and peach, delicately spiked with lime. On the palate it is that citrus character that drives this wine, with just a hint of tropical sweetness swept away in a dry, zesty finish. Good quality in a savoury, intelligent style of Sauvignon this, and great to see a big brand delivering the goods year after year. £5.99, widely available.