Tuesday, January 11, 2011


- Adelaide Hills, SA
- $16-$24
- Screwcap
- 13.0%alc

Having become something of a guilty pleasure of mine, the deliciously fruity Paracombe is one Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc I'm always happy to recommend. In its two previous incarnations (2008-91pts, 2009-92pts) I picked up gloriously tropical scents of banana and passionfruit, two notes which just seem so right to me for this style of wine.

Sitting right on the style cue for Paracombe, the 2010 unashamedly flaunts a fragrance of passionfruit and light grass with a dollop of banana custard for softness and a zap of mineral infused citrus to cut and refine. It's far from complex or savoury but the aromatic balance works. Its palate is hallmarked by great length (for the style), creamy texture and a zingy, citric, faintly bitter-edged and chalky acid structure which is much more assertive and defined than most from the Hills. These features combine to drive its bright, smoothly textured and pure tropical fruit/gooseberry flavours into a long, more citrus infused climax overrun by a fine combination of refreshing softness and tight acids.

ü+ Yet again Paracombe's Sauvignon Blanc has me singing its praises. There's nothing otherworldly or unexpected here, but as I said before, it's right on the money for a consumer friendly Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc. Drink to 2012.
91 points

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