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2007 Chal­ice Bridge Semil­lon Sauvi­gnon Blanc THE only grape from Mar­garet River that goes into West Cape Howe wines is sauvi­gnon blanc. Chal­ice Bridge Es­tate, which is firmly Mar­garet River-based, is north of West Cape Howe’s catch­ment but over-de­liv­ers in much the same way. Its 2007 semil­lon sauvi­gnon blanc (94 points, $16.95) shows pre­cisely why Mar­garet River is by far the best re­gion in Aus­tralia for this blend. Fine and in­tense, it has lovely fruit flavour and bal­ance; the grassy, min­er­ally semil­lon struc­ture is en­veloped in the sweet lemon juice and pas­sion­fruit of the sauvi­gnon blanc, all cre­at­ing a palate of great length and per­sis­tence. If you can still find the 2004 Chal­ice Bridge Shi­raz (94 points, $22.95) jump on it, for it is as fresh as a daisy and with a long fu­ture. www.chal­ice­ James Halliday

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