This week I decided to go with a classic white variety -Sauvignon Blanc. When we think of Sauvignon Blanc, we can’t forget that it probably originated in Bordeaux. However, it has achieved its peak in various AOCs of the Loire Valley and has come to prominence in the explosion of popularity from the wines of Marlborough in New Zealand. So I decided to go with a classic Loire Valley wine from Touraine and the exceedingly popular Kim Crawford from Marlborough New Zealand.
Although made from the same grape, the style of these wines is very different. Right from the colour we notice the difference. The Domaine de Lévêque 2017, AOC Touraine is more of a golden colour compared to the lemon green colour of the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Probably due to a slightly extended macreation on the skins for the Touraine. Both were very brilliant and clear. The nose of the Touraine was a bit more herbaceous with Green pepper and grass being present alongside classic aromas and flavours of green apple, gooseberry and lime zest. The Kim Crawford was pretty much fruit driven, much of it of the citrus variety. Lime juice, passion fruit, lemon zest, grapefruit juice and even a bit of pineapple were all present. Both had medium plus intensity of aromas and flavours. Equally dry, the Touraine had slightly more body and a rounder mouth feel, while the Kim Crawford had a bit more zippy acidity which is very much sought out in the NZ Sauvignon Blancs.
Overall, both wines were exceedingly enjoyable. I can’t wait to finish both bottles tomorrow with some type of grilled seafood.