It’s a Friday afternoon, the sun is shining, there are but a few clouds in the sky, and a group of us decided to head out for a celebratory lunch. When you are surrounded by energetic conversation and laughter – as I so happened to be – it seems so natural to indulge in a bevvie or two. And so the collection of cash was taken to the local bottle shop for whatever alcoholic delights we could afford.
As it turns out, we were in for some incredible luck, with a ‘2 for $16’ special on the Wolf Blass Red Label wines. Based in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, the Wolf Blass label is renowned for producing wine to suit a range of drinking styles – from everyday drinking to the more indulgent connosieur. The Red Label is a group of both red and white wines that fit into the former category; a smooth drop at just the right price. As testament to the afternoon we were experiencing, two bottles of the 2010 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc was sourced for the table.
Of all the white wine varieties, I think Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are my favourites – I enjoy the dry sweetness of the Semillion and the crisp and refreshing taste of the Sauvignon Blanc, so I’m almost guaranteed a winner when the two are combined. In Australia, Western Australia’s Margaret River region seems to stand out for its production of good Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends, but the Barossa Valley is also a flourishing region for Semillon varieties.
The Wolf Blass Semillon Sauvignon Blanc is pale in the glass, and has an immediate aroma of tropical fruit. I am amazed at how light and drinkable this wine is from the very first taste, with a clean and long-lasting finish, and consider it the perfect wine for an afternoon of frivolity; a definite ‘daytime drink’. I think it was further complemented by my meal – a char-grilled Atlantic salmon with a side of greek salad – and I would therefore also recommend this drop for anyone who loves seafood. With Spring upon us this is a splendid sip, and suitable for all of the Aussie warmer months to come.
It just so happens that I enjoyed this wine so much, I’m about to stop in at my local to take advantage of the special offer myself. Let’s face it, at this price it’s an offer too good to pass up.
(out of 5)