We try Lock & Worth’s Sauvignon + Semillon

by | Jul 12, 2019 | BC Wine

It might be easy to pass right on by Lock & Worth’s basic white label on the wine shelf, but it’s better if you don’t because this no-nonsense wine is worth the $20. Here’s a no-nonsense review.

The Lock & Worth 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon walks the line between acidic, sweet and dry. It’s bright and juicy with notes of lemon, summer fruit like peaches and a touch of herb. It’s very drinkable on it’s lonesome and we absolutely recommend savouring a glass, or a bottle, by yourself at sunset on a Tuesday. 

Just like the no-nonsense labels and the no-nonsense wine, Lock & Worth is run by two no-nonsense winemakers, Ross Hackworth and Matt Sherlock. Hackworth is the owner of Nichol Vineyard and Sherlock is a well-known wine guy who has done everything from winemaking, retail and starting up his own natural wine import company, Sedimentary Wines.

As if these two don’t have enough to do, they started Lock & Worth as a side project and work part-time making low-intervention, single vineyard wines that represent the flavour of the terroir in which the grapes were grown. 

What does that mean? It means they don’t add anything to the wine and try not to mess with the natural fermentation process as much as possible. They only use grapes from one vineyard, rather than sourcing from several vineyards, so the wine takes on the flavour of the environment that the grapes were grown in. No-nonsense.

The grapes that make the Sauvignon and Semillon are from a vineyard in Oliver that was planted in 1999 on a dry river bed, which is a romantic way of saying gravel. They press the grapes using an old school basket press and aged in neutral French oak barrels, which soften the wine without adding too much of that oak flavour, for six months. 

This is a high-quality wine for $20 which makes the  Lock and Worth Sauvignon Blanc + Semillon must try this summer.

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Excellent work. Well done you. Bravo.

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