It might seem a bit odd but I really enjoy good Tasmanian sauvignon blanc on cold days. The better wines have a fresh, crisp bite akin to a winter chill, as well as cool herbal characters that remind me of dripping wet, wintry green-leaved plants.
Showing true clarity of colour and aroma, Stefano Lubiana's 2009 presents an attractively refined nose of restrained varietal quality, opening to herbal/grassy aromas of gooseberry and green pea with a touch of sweaty funk. The long, well constructed palate matches the nose with a refined varietal fruit profile, which bursts with cleanly balanced, juicy white fruit and apple flavours underpinned by notes of passionfruit and brine. Finishing with a lengthy extract of shapely, slightly sherbet-like citric acids, the wine drives home with true lasting impression.
ü+ Fans of Stefano Lubiana's style would do well to invest in this supremely drinkable sauvignon blanc. It's true to the man's ideals of full flavour, elegant structure and natural balance. Drink to 2011.