Winemaker Pieter de Waal of Hermit on the Hill and Mount Abora wears the fact that Coup d’Etat 2014 was rejected by the Wine and Spirit Board for “turbidity and oxidation” as a badge of honour. From the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the country (planted in 1965 on the property that is now home to Spice Route), the wine amounts to the contents of one old 500-litre barrel.
A subtle fragrance on the nose before pear, white peach and some leesy complexity on the palate. Pure fruit and lively acidity on the palate. Totally compelling. Price: R150 a bottle.