What the hell? Our first response was what gall. This wine has a pronounced sense of self and nothing going for it; if it was from Italy, France or Spain I’d call it EuroTrash. It’s a blend (a ridiculous over the top blend) with no centre, no focus, no sense. It’s all over the map in terms of flavour profile and inconsequential on the finish. Sharp with no finesse, rigorous with no soft edge, and as for citrus, I mean salt the rim of a glass and pour yourself a tequila. Oh, and look at the price.
We like our Sem. We love our Sem Sauv blends. If we could afford Bordeaux Blanc we’d have a cellar full. Skim the site to see how true this is. Most recently we pulled out of the cellar an ancient (slight exaggeration) L’Ecole Sem; now that was worth the money—and a pittance compared to this. So if you take that brilliant combo, Sem Sauv Bl, and then you add Chardonnay and then you add Pinot Gris and then you add Muscat, well Jesus, that’s just Long Island Ice Tea, wine style.
Ever had a Long Island Ice Tea? The only thing missing is whiskey. Add Sherry and call this a D minus. It’s just an excuse to get drunk.
I have no idea who would like this, what food you would drink it with to derive pleasure (simultaneously), and why. There are apparently three people on Vivino who think it’s the bomb. So there you go, seven billion on the planet, three who call it a masterpiece. Call me an outlier.
Price: $35.99 at Save-On Foods in White Rock. $36 before tax!!!
Market Liquidity: Save yourself $20 and pick up a Portuguese Branco and swoon at the expertise.