Kiwi Fruits: Starborough 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Review


Once in a great while we’ll have wine on a day other than Friday with a simple weeknight meal. After a particularly trying day, a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc sounded really delicious and uplifting. We both were in terrible need of a pick-me-up. I decided to go with Starborough 2012 Sauvignon Blanc; I’d had another vintage a few years ago and affectionately refer to it as ‘Starfish Wine’. I had not had this year or the year before so I thought I’d see how the 2012 compared.

The Starborough 2012 Sauvignon Blanc comes in at 12.5% alcohol. The bottle was in great shape and it’s got a screw top! I chilled the wine to 45 degrees and served it in a stemless wine glass. This wine is an exceptionally pale yellow with a hint of green! Upon opening the wine, we were greeted by a nice perfume of honeydew melon.

Star in glass

The nose on the Starborough 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is very perfumed with melon, minerals, lemon, herbs and grasses. It also hints at a higher acid. The first sip is chock full of grapefruit, lemon, gooseberries, and minerals. It’s a very lively and racy wine, just short of being too acidic. The finish is medium in length with the gooseberries and minerals lingering. With food, it’s pretty much the same, though with my chicken, I got more citrus than before. With the broccoli, we noticed the wine was more balanced. As the wine opened up, the nose really began to exhibit strong citrus and minerals. I will warn you, I got my husband a berry mini cheesecake to cheer him up and this wine was absolutely horrific with it. It brought out all the “cat pee” flavors a Sauvignon Blanc from this region can have. It was positively revolting.

Cat pee aside, this wine is very fresh and delicious but it needs a certain amount of fat to balance out the acid. I will certainly buy it again. The last vintage I had was 2010 which was a little bit less acidic and had a slightly more rounded flavor which I preferred to this one. On the standard Wine Spectator scale, I’d rate this an 87. In conclusion, it’s a good buy if you need a racy wine or are a Sauvignon Blanc fan!


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    I find Sauvignon blancs to be tricky. They’re either really good or really bad. Cat pee doesn’t sound too appealing! I’ve been in a white phase recently but I’ve been leaning more towards a Pinot Grigio because they’re more mild and drinkable….at least in my experience. Looking forward to the warmer weather so I can enjoy a nice cold glass of Rose!!

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      Erin says

      I like Pinot Grigio too. This Sauv is good, just don’t eat it with cheesecake! I’m also looking forward to Rosé season! Especially when it’s Pinot Noir!

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    *sings national anthem*

    Actually, I can’t stand sauvignon blanc from anywhere 😛 Give me a riesling any day in the white wine stakes!

    However, if you’re in the market for a lovely meaty Pinot Noir from my part of the world, I can highly recommend the Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg (no particular vintage, I’ve loved all years I’ve tried).

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