White hot whites for the savvy buyer

Reviewed offers by Crystal Wines, Delfi Singapore, Equatorial Wines, Parklands Wines, Rubicon Wines, The Cellar Door, The Local Nose, Underground Wines & Wine Exchange Asia

Of the offers I had ratings for, only these two cut the mustard:

2009 / Astrolabe / Kekerengu Coast / Sauvignon Blanc / S$41 or S$36.90 by the case at Rubicon Reserve Wines – To be honest, I don’t have a rating for this one. I have Bob Campbell’s ratings for the 2007 (95 points), the 2008 (93 points) and the 2010 (94 points) so it’s fair bet, but not a certainty, that this vintage is up there too. Maybe ask Rubicon to confirm. Anyway, it retails for NZ$26 making the asking price here very acceptable.

2008 / Xanadu / Margaret River / Sauvignon Blanc Semillon / S$30 at The Local Nose and Delfi Singapore –  James Halliday and Jeremy Oliver agree with a 4.5 star rating and they also both agree that it’s quickly running out of its drinking window. Oliver says 2010+ and Halliday says 2011. Well, it’s now both of those, so if you are going to buy this (and with a RRP of A$25, it’s terrific value here), don’t stick it in the cupboard.  Stick it straight into the fridge.

I’m tempted to go with the Xanadu simply because of the value. See if you can sample it first, and if it’s fine, it’d truly be a great deal.

“Sometimes collectors and label hunters apparently forget that wine is meant to be drunk. An extreme example of this was the person who forgot about the silver and gold ingots he had stored behind his bottles. It was only when he died and his cellar was removed that the bars were discovered.” – Andrew Caillard MW writing in Gourmet Traveller Wine July 2007


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