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THE SKINNY ON SKUTTLEBUTT

Bottle of Skuttlebutt wine.

Western Australia's Margaret River is considered to be the Bordeaux of Down Under, especially with its classic white blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Tempered by the cool breezes coming off the Indian Ocean, a kaleidoscope of flavours is ready to mesmerize the consumer's palate. On the nose we gets bursts of passionfruit, crushed limes and stone fruit. The palate sings with zesty citrus flavours backed up by gentle acidity. It drinks beautifully on its own and is the perfect reception wine for guests as its name indicates. The Skuttlebutt was the source of fresh drinking water on the old sailing ships where the crew would gather and catch up on gossip and news, not unlike the modern day office water cooler. The connection of all things nautical means that when looking for a food pairing it has got to be seafood. It was James Halliday, Australia's most well-known wine writer, that picked this wine for his top "20 whites under $20" and gave it 94 points. 2017 SKUTTLEBUTT SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON V47621, $19.95.

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