Rather like a chardonnay, indeed. Tropical fruit and ripe citrus but lacking in acidity/crispness for my taste. Smooth, summery and seemed sweet for a sauvignon blanc. Not outstanding as an aperitif but might make a very night accompaniment to the right meal.
Have to agree with some of the other reviews on this wine. It is rather big and creamy for a Sauvignon Blanc. In fact the weight and the texture are more like a chardonnay, which is something I like but not necessarily what you expect from a SB. The ripe tropical fruit is there, as expected, with only a hint of mineral. Went very well with a light fish and opened nicely throughout the evening as I continued to sample. Nice mouth feel with balanced acidity. The bit of age probably makes this wine about as good as it will get.
Saturday Walk Around Tasting at The Gourmet Shop, Columbia, SC 1/26/2013 (The Gourmet Shop, Columbia, SC): Lots of nice things to report with this wine. They used some oak, either in fermentation, maturation, or maybe both. Made in a rich creamy style. This is already a couple of years old and is really showing nice. This is one of those Sauvignon Blanc's with a lot more going than just fresh, grassy tropical fruit and acid. There is an underlying structure that allows the fruit to act refined and mature, while still light and elegant across the palate. The color leans toward golden. The nose is passion fruit, lychee, peach, tangerine, and grapefruit with minerals. Really nice mouth feel with juicy, lively, mature grapefruit, guava, passion fruit, and peach. Stylishly rich and mouth coating. Balanced acidity. Probably tasting better today than upon release.