Mission Hill Winery2005 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Mission Hill winemaker John Simes began his career in New Zealand, which helps explain his sure touch with Sauvignon Blanc. When Simes came to the Okanagan in 1992, there was little if any of the variety even planted here. It has been adopted quickly since then. Currently, with almost 300 acres in the ground, it is the fifth most planted white variety in British Columbia.
Well-made wines like Mission Hill’s Sauvignon Blanc have helped drive the consumer acceptance of the varietal. Most of this wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, but 17% was barrel-fermented, adding a touch of complexity to this exuberant wine. The gooseberry and citrus aromas virtually jump from the glass. On the palate, there is lots of gooseberry and grapefruit, with a mouth-watering acidity. The finish is refreshingly zesty. A touch of flint also defines the structure. 89 points.
Reviewed September 28, 2006 by John Schreiner.
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John Schreiner has been covering the wines of British Columbia for the past 30 years and has written 10 books on the wines of Canada and BC. He has judged at major competitions and is currently a panel member for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Wine. Both as a judge and as a wine critic, he approaches each wine not to find fault, but to find excellence. That he now finds the latter more often than the former testifies to the dramatic improvement shown by BC winemaking in the past decade.