Plantagenet 2004 "Hazard Hill" Western Australia Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc ($11.00)
Although it appears at a glance to be the same blend as White Bordeaux, this Australian white reverses the usual proportions with a predominance of Semillon (75 percent) over Sauvignon Blanc (25 percent). The transparent straw-color wine bears little resemblance to a French wine, either, with its fruit-forward frapefruit and mango aromas, which carry over intact on the palate, juicy and snappy tropical fruit nicely shaped by crisp acidity, with a prickly petillance that tickles the tongue. US Importer: Robert Whale Selections Ltd., Washington, D.C. (Feb 12, 2006)
FOOD MATCH: It worked well enough to wash down pork chops, but its fruit flavors are so intense that it tends to dominate the fare; maybe be best suited as a quenching summer aperitif.
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