Far from your average, boring, under $10 supermarket wine, the Aldi Leaf Plucker Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa.
Sauvignon Blanc from Western Cape, South Africa. The wine is fermented on the skins and a portion is also fermented in French oak barrels, neither of which is typical for Sauvignon Blanc at this low price point. The wine has 3.4 g/L of residual sugar.
The Leaf Plucker Sauvignon Blanc is available exclusively at Aldi and sells for $8.99. It is imported by Sauvignon Wines.
When Thys Louw, the legendary winemaker, peered out of his window, he saw in the early morning mist sheep serenely meandering through the vineyards. On closer inspection he realized they had been plucking the leaves from the vines, resulting in the summer sun reaching the grapes and ripening them to perfection!
Those trusty Leaf Pluckers did their bit. The rest was up to the winemaker who fermented the grapes on the skins to give the wine great texture. He also fermented a portion of the wine in french oak barrels. The result is an exceptional wine of great character with intense tropical, zesty citrus flavors and a subtle toasty roundness.
The 2018 Leaf Plucker Sauvignon Blanc begins with a pleasant but bit subdued aroma of citrus, a little lemongrass and a bit of apricot. Tasting reveals the wine to be smooth and slightly creamy in the mouth with more citrus fruits leaning towards lime along with a good dose of grapefruit. Just a touch of grassiness leads into the dry, long, lip-smacking finish of lingering tart fruit.
This is quite an interesting and really engaging Sauvignon Blanc, especially at this price, and definitely not your average supermarket wine. Check it out!
You may also be interested in our review of Aldi's Leaf Plucker Red Blend.