2009 Zarafa Sauvignon Blanc

2009 Zarafa Sauvignon BlancPrice: $3.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Bordeaux Etc.

What They Said:

I was able to track down Mountain River Wines, who is responsible for making this one, on the intrawebs but their site still highlights the ’08 bottling. They have yet to post any notes on the latest vintage. From previous versions it appear the grapes for this one are sourced from the West Cape. Given we have nothing concrete here is what the bottle has to say: “Mountain River Wines proudly presents the 2009 vintage Sauvignon Blanc. This fresh, crisp white wine has a beautiful nose of figs and melon.”

What I Think:

I’ve had mixed success with the Pinotage from the same maker but had been hearing good things about this one so I decided to give it a go. As I took my first sip I realized that this was likely my first wine from the ’09 vintage. Guess it is true, time does fly when you are having fun. So what was on offer?

The nose was crisp showing lemon notes. The palate started slight tart but not to the point of puckering (which for the record I like). After the initial impression cantaloupe and lemon flavors emerged to dominate the mid palate. Perhaps there were some gooseberry notes as well? I always think so but I just added buying some to mentally record their smell to my list of wine resolutions for 2010 (post coming shortly…) so I’ll be sure next time. The finish shows a balanced acidity with lemon flavors leading to a stony/flinty ending that lasts for some time.

For $3.99 this is a nice, value priced quaffer suitable for any occasion. That said, I think it could really excel when paired with cold shellfish. I know I’ll be buying more. If you decide to grab a bottle, or have previously, please let me know what you think in the comments below…

Rating: Buy It

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9 thoughts on “2009 Zarafa Sauvignon Blanc

  1. Jason,
    You got another winner this time. A really interesting, fresh wine, everyday wine that is almost too easy on the wallet (OK not possible).

  2. lol, agree no such thing as too easy but this is a slam dunk. If I liked it this much during the “winter” (I’m in CA) I can only imagine how it might taste sitting in the sunshine on the patio…

  3. Mostly agree with your notes here, but I must have had the 2008 vintage and detected just a hint of funkiness. Still great value. A sauvignon blanc that I think is even better at this price is the Trader Joe’s Venas Chilenas Reserva.

  4. @Don Interesting on the funkiness. I’ve tried a few of the TJ’s Venas Chilenas and was not impressed. Perhaps I’ll consider giving this one a chance sometime soon…

  5. Having some of the Sauvignon Blanc at a home fish fry as I write this. Nice. This wine travelled a long way to make my meal taste even better. I’m no expert, but I know I’m enjoying it. The price was right too.

  6. A couple of quick comments based upon your choices (and some of ours):
    The Zafrika Pinotage – minerally. Leave it in store.
    The Beringer 3rd Century Chardonnay – buy it
    The King Shag Sauvignon Blanc – buy a case!
    “flying pig” Tempranillo – good, but not great

  7. @Peter glad to hear you liked it!

    @Connectr I actually bought the Zafrika SB thinking they altered the label for this one. I’ve yet to try it but thanks for steering me clear of the Pinotage. As for the Third Century, I’m not a Chard fan but funny enough my two cases of Chariot Gypsy came home in those boxes. I’ll definitely grab a bottle next time. Your last two are resident Top 10 members, both of which I am a fan! Thanks so much for the comment. Keep’em coming my way!

  8. I tried one bottle – it was only $4 – I couldn’t go wrong – You can always use it for cooking, right?

    Wife liked it; I liked it. Bought 3 more before they sell out.

    Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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