Saturday, June 4, 2011


- King Valley, VIC
- $13-$20
- Screwcap
- 12.5%alc

Victoria's King Valley isn't the first region to come to mind when thinking of Australian sauvignon blanc, but really, the pairing makes sense. It makes even more sense when the maker is the ever reliable Brown Brothers and the price is $15.

Brown Brothers' 2010 presents an uncomplicated yet clean fragrance of straight forward varietal character. Its aromas of nettle and grass make the loudest statement, while zesty lemon citrus and pear fruits complete a nose of cool-climate restraint, that steers away from the variety's pungent aromatics. Unfortunately, the zesty palate's slightly broad and its components don't gel as well as I'd like, leading to a general feeling of poor definition, particularly flavour-wise. There are finishing tastes of citrus and ripe kiwi fruits that provide some satisfaction, but still, I don't see the necessary shape, structure or direction to see this savvy rise from the pack. It's all a bit too generic really.

O There's nothing excruciatingly wrong or right about Brown Brothers' 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, so it's just another middle of the road savvy, lost in a very crowded marketplace. Drink now.
87 points

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