Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, Siblings 2009 This vintage has 62% Sauvignon Blanc and 38% Semillon in the mix. The nose features a combination of grass, citrus and gooseberry. In the mouth the citrus is pronounced, as if eating very ripe grapefruit sprinkled with lime and lemon. While pleasingly acidic as you might expect with the large Sauvignon component, roundness is a feature as well, given the contribution of Semillon.
This builds a fresh theme on the famous model we know from Bordeaux, where Semillon and Sauvignon create big, complex blends. This incarnation is even fresher with a hint of petillance, adding to the zippiness.
Winemaker Paul Atwood. Produced and bottled under a screwcap closure in Margaret River 12.5% $20 suggested US retail, a media sample Leeuwin