Sud De Frank White, much like its label, is simple but striking. Featuring 60% Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 40% New England Petit Manseng. Sud De Frank White smells of estery bananas, citrus, a hint mineral. The balance is light, dry, zesty and clean. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in drinking pleasure. It will not get a lot better with time, so drink and enjoy now. I’d match it with soft cheese, goats cheese, prawns would be amazing.
Sud De Frank is a two winemakers having fun making wines they like to drink. Grapes are grown sustainably and made with low-intervention. That is nothing new in the wine world. Except that the two winemakers are in different states of Australia. The feature the grapes of Southern France (Sud de Frank!) and are fun drinking.
This is a big and varied region. Basically it stretches from the top of the McLaren Vale all the way to the bottom of the Barossa. This means there is a big scope for climatic conditions. In the central part where its altitude is quite high, you can get some of the best sites in the world for Sparkling wine. In the slightly warmer parts of the centre, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme with Riesling, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc worthy of honourable mentions.
Hero to many, weed to many more. Sauvignon Blanc sure does divide people. The pure expression of Sauvignon fruit is a stunning and exuberant array of tropical fruits with ripe herbs and plant material. It excels in the chalk, clay and sand of the Loire as well as the wonderful vineyards in Bordeaux for dry white and Sauternes production where Semillon curbs its outgoing nature.
Its small berries and thick skins make some lovely textural and exotically fruited whites either dry, off-dry or sweet.