Three Whites from the New World...all with the grape origens in France.
Tasted on different days.....
1. Fairview Viognier 2004
Paarl South Africa
Yellow gold colour; first sniff before my wife took a sip; quite good....half an hour later..gone.. just winey...very strange; decent enough fruit with dryness at the end.
The grape at it's best is in France..in the Rhone..
called Condrieu...memories of a Hotel/Restaurant 'Beau Rivage'..on a hot summer evening with the Rhone river just 50 yards away..and a wine list of local Condrieu to choose from. Bliss!
2. Louisvale Chardonnay 2004
Stellenbosch South Africa
Rich golden colour; butterscotch nose at first, faded with airing, burnt aroma: medium weight, nice balance; as I went back to it..it bacame very one-dimensional.
Chardonnay, of course, is best from Burgundy in France. Expensive, but the great wines Meursault,
Puligny Montrachet & Chassagne Montrachet..along with Chablis are at the top of the Chardonnay tree.
3. Gravitas Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Marlborough New Zealand
Nice reserved nose, some others from NZ have been to upfront with the gooseberry and Cat's Piss smell!(believe me..that is what they can smell like).
This is much better tho, melons and passionfruits..lovely juicy wine..herbs..
and a good balance and nice finish.
Sauvignon Blanc best known in the Loire.. Sancerre..
but my favourite comes from Italy from
Vie di Romans..the Piere Sauvignon.