Skipper’s Cove Sauvignon Blanc, a 2022 vintage created winemaker Andrea Maxwell, is an example of her expertise gained from a Viticulture & Oenology degree at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The decision to harvest this particular parcel earlier than usual has paid dividends, imbuing the wine with vibrant, fresh herbaceous notes, complemented by a pleasant natural acidity that elevates its character.
This Sauvignon Blanc, intriguingly coming from South Eastern Australia, deviates from the typical regions known for this varietal. It presents a refreshing surprise for enthusiasts accustomed to the Sauvignon Blancs of New Zealand, France, Chile and South Africa. The wine reveals a complexity that rivals, if not surpasses, some of its New Zealand counterparts. The palette is graced with an array of flavours, predominantly passion fruit and tropical fruits, creating a harmonious blend.
Virgin Wines, pricing it at £13.99, recommend serving this wine well chilled to highlight its crisp tropical fruit profile. However, a slight divergence from this advice might be beneficial. I found that allowing the wine to warm 30 minutes from fridge temperature can significantly enhance its aromatic qualities, revealing deeper layers of its intricate flavour profile. This allows the wine to express its full potential.