Here’s a sauvignon blanc that’s packed with personality. The Simonsig “Sunbird” Sauvignon Blanc 2009, from South Africa’s Western Cape region, is a crisp and snappy classic bursting with notes of fresh-mown grass, gooseberry, lime peel and grapefruit. A few moments in the glass bring up hints of tangerine and nectarine, beguiling whiffs of tarragon and lavender, and pointed highlights of caraway and celery seed. How scintillating can you get! Flavors are deftly balanced between meadow and orchard for a sort of dry-dusty-herbal-citrus effect borne on a drenching tide of limestone and damp shale. The wine is very dry, a tad austere toward the finish and permeated by keen acidity. It’s a real summer-sipper and would be great with grilled shrimp, chicken salad, linguine with clam sauce and other such lighthearted fare. The alcohol content is 13.4 percent. Very Good+. About $15, a Real Deal.

Imported by Quintessential, Napa, Cal. A sample for review.