Run Cheetah Run

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Gallo Winery.

Not too long ago, a giant box of wines arrived at my doorstep.  Among them was the 2007 Sebeka Sauvignon Blanc. Now, I’ve seen it on shelves in the grocery store many times.  It’s hard to miss with the bright yellow label and the cheetah on the front. Not to mention it’s often accompanied by quite the cheetah display. I don’t tend to go for the wines with critters on the front nor do I often (if ever) buy wine at the grocery store.  Anyway.  The 2007 Sebeka Sauvignon Blanc had a plastic (yellow with black spots) cork, it clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume, and can be found on the internet for as little as $5.54.  It hails from the Western Cape of South Africa.

I’m not sure what kind of treatment this was given, but it smelled like vanilla, cream, lemon, S’mores, grass, sweet melon, and lime on the nose.  I almost would have leaned toward Chardonnay if given this blind.  In the mouth it had melon, lime, lemon, citrus, and grass.  The wine displayed a full mouthfeel with just a tiny hint of the crispness I look for in Sauvignon Blanc.  For $5, this beats a lot of other $5 wines I’ve had.