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Smidge Wines 2011 Pe­dra Branca Sauvi­gnon Blanc $35 Cau­li­flower soup – ho hum. But wait, there’s more to this than meets the eye, and adding the rich brine and but­ter flavours of just-seared scal­lop with the del­i­cate earthy notes of shaved truf­fle shift a sim­ple dish to a whole new in­ten­sity. This wine mir­rors that gear change with a com­mon va­ri­ety as more ar­ti­san pro­duc­ers look to add in­ter­est and depth to sauvi­gnon blanc. Matt Wenk has crafted Kuitpo-sourced fruit with wild yeast in­flu­ences to show more creamed-bun flavours and a dash of ex­otic spice, the wine stirred in bar­rel for many months to give it tex­ture and length.

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