This is a South African brand, part of the Distell family of wine and spirits products. Durbanville Hills is seven growers, from the Durbanville wine growing region near Capetown, that joined forces to create a label. Their shared facility produced it’s first bottles in ’01, and now markets three “ranges” of wine-meaning price points.
A fellow shopper in The Store, who I’ve seen often there, recommended this one, one of those special purchase, deeply discounted, stacked high specials. We briefly discussed the Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc (reviewed here recently), which I liked, and he suggested I try this Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc which he liked. It was $6.99 (a buck cheaper than the Ribbonwood), so I put two in the cart.
Sauvignon Blancs come in a variety of personalities. Some are “green” or “grassy”, others more citrus in flavor, sometimes pear or apricot. This one made me think “pineapple”. A touch tart-just a touch, but refreshing and light. A nice, clean alternative to the often over-oaked inexpensive Chardonnays.
If this particular wine is available in your area, and the price is similar, add a bottle or two to your arsenal, for those times when instead of a red, a white would be right.