Secret Deal Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2020

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ALSB202010 UCAU
  • Textbook Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc
  • Fantastic summer drinking.
  • This is a delightful wine restrained by its obvious class.
  • 1 or more bottles
    $21.99
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  • Sam Kim
    93 points
  • Max Crus
    9.3 points

Editors notes

Gold Medal– 2020 Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge
Pale, almost translucent colour. Tropical fruits on the nose (mango, grapefruit) with a lick of almond. Very bright, zippy yet also intensely perfumed aromatics on the palate. Very energetic finish of lime and citrus fruits. A refreshing, user-friendly wine.
Gold Medal– Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2021
Gold Medal (94)– 2021 Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Comp
Silver Medal (91 points)– Wine Showcase
The bouquet has lifted aromas of tropical fruit, gooseberries and grassiness. This Sauvignon Blanc parcel comes predominantly from a VSP trellised site on Mappinga Road, Oakbank. Fortunately this vineyard was not affected by bushfire smoke which impacted other areas of the region in 2020

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Floral
    • Lemon
    • Mineral
  • Palate
    • Slate
    • Stonefruit
    • Tropical Fruit

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Sam Kim

    93
    "Fresh and inviting, the bouquet shows grapefruit, green apple, nectarine and white floral aromas, followed by a finely textured palate displaying bright fruit flavours combined with lively acidity, finishing lingering and beautifully crisp-dry. At its best: now to 2023"
  • Max Crus

    9.3
    "In an age of insipid gris, vermentino, verdelho and other things starting with 'V', a classic bright and beautiful sauvignon blanc is a blessing whether you believe in a god or not"

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Australia

Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Adelaide Hills

Famous for their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir, the viticulture of this region was re-established in 1979 but grapes were planted locally as early as 1839. During the last three decades, Adelaide Hills has emerged as one of Australia’s most exciting cool climate wine region, being known to produce elegant, distinct, sophisticated wines. Located in the Mount Lofty Ranges and only a 30 minute drive from Adelaide, this region is home not only to over 90 wine labels and 48 cellar doors, but also to multiple forests, beef and dairy farms, apple and pear orchards.

Known to be one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, the Adelaide Hills are made up of two registered sub regions: Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley. These narrow band of hills stretch across to be approximately 70 km long and 30 km wide and border Barossa and Eden Valleys to the North and McLaren Vale to the South.

The climate of this region is considerably cooler compared to other wine regions in the summer, due to the altitudes of the vineyards being 400-700 meters high. The cooler drier climate produces grapes with ideal fruit composition, creating the perfect balance of flavour and acidity.

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