Life & Style Weekend - - TASTE - WORDS: TRAVIS SCHULTZ Travis is a Sun­shine Coast busi­ness­man with a pas­sion for food and wine.

Well be­fore Ge­orge Costanza claimed to have in­vented the “It’s not you, it’s me” rou­tine, sauvi­gnon blanc and I had bro­ken up. Though as Jerry Se­in­feld ob­served, “I thought things were go­ing great”, but that was be­fore the Marlboroug­h Sauv-o-lanche. Back in the days when sauvi­gnon blanc was green, grassy and showed herba­ceous and grape­fruit char­ac­ters, I was a dis­ci­ple. For­ward fruit, gen­tle acid­ity and richly tex­tured. Yum. And then, the Ki­wis just had to crash the party. And it wasn’t just the Bordeaux and Loire Val­ley styles that once ex­cited my taste buds, the Aus­tralian sauvvies from el­e­vated re­gions also floated my boat. But we broke up. Call it a sep­a­ra­tion. A part­ing. We split the sheets. And it wasn’t just a fade away or a ghost­ing. When Marlboroug­h started dump­ing their mass pro­duced overly per­fumed and flabby trop­i­cal fruit punch label as sauvi­gnon blanc, I was out. But I as­sured her, it was me! And un­til a month ago, I would have sworn that I’d never again be­come be­sot­ted by a sauvi­gnon blanc; no mat­ter what her her­itage or pedigree might be. But along came the Ten Min­utes by Tractor 2016 Ten X Sauvi­gnon Blanc. Un­til then, I’d de­vel­oped quite a com­fort­able re­la­tion­ship with Chardon­nay and Ries­ling. And even the odd Sun­day af­ter­noon in­ter­lude with Verdelho or Semil­lon. But she was back. And de­spite my fee­ble protes­ta­tions, yes meant yes and sud­denly I was back­slid­ing in a way that the ed­i­tors of Cos­mopoli­tan Mag­a­zine would never ap­prove! Sauvi­gnon blanc was once again fill­ing and re-fill­ing my Riedel and putting a glow in my cheeks. The Ten Min­utes by Tractor Ten X Sauvi­gnon Blanc hails from the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula and is an en­try level propo­si­tion at no more than $28 a bot­tle. The 2016 re­lease came from a vin­tage that was drier and warmer than usual and nec­es­sar­ily, was har­vested early. Af­ter spend­ing nine months in used French oak bar­riques, the Ten X was re­leased in June this year and is drink­ing beau­ti­fully. The aro­mat­ics are ev­i­dent from the first whiff of guava on the nose and de­velop into tor­rents of lush ripe fruits, with notes of dried pineap­ple, ripe fuji ap­ples and per­haps, a hint of Ja­panese hon­ey­suckle. There is an ele­gance about the tex­tu­ral mouth­feel that the Marlboroug­h styles seem un­able to repli­cate and the palate weight is su­perb. On the fin­ish there are lin­ger­ing acids and rel­a­tively low resid­ual sugar and a length which will surely have you reach­ing for an­other glass, or even a bot­tle! So maybe it wasn’t me af­ter all? Per­haps it was just her Kiwi cousin that failed to in­gra­ti­ate her­self to my palate? Or per­haps it is just this Ten Min­utes by Tractor vixen from a warm and dry vin­tage on the Penin­sula. I guess time will tell.

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