Does writing this – my part in the first UK blog wine promo – make me a Buzz Agent? Gaping Void via Hugh Macleod, sent out a batch of pre-release samples of South African producer Stormhoek’s wines in an attempt to utilise blogs as a marketing ‘word of mouth tool’. Personally I think it is a little early; Blogs in the UK are under-developed when compared to America. The British either dont know exactly what they are or deride them; but then word of mouth is word of mouth and website link is a website link.
Wine Tasting Note: Stormhoek Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, South Africa.
Pre-release Private Label
Fresh but not over-powering aroma – unripened limes, green sherbet and capsicum. Palate is medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Perhaps a little young as the flavours are rather ‘green’ – unripe pears springs to mind but fresh, crisp and juicy with a decent length of flavour and a level of crab-apple tartness. No alcohol recorded on the label. Screwcapped.
Scribblings Rating – 88/100
To compliment those green flavours the wine was poured out to accompany a simple pasta dish – French Green Beans (locally grown), a big handful of grated Parmesan, grated lemon rind and a hearty squeeze of juice topped a pile of linguine. It worked rather well but fish and salads would be superb too.