Yesterday over lunch with Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw, the current release of his flagship white, the MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (R165 a bottle). The wine contains 7% Semillon and was fermented and matured for 10 months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 20% new.
Very individual, it shows grapefruit, yellow apple and a note reminiscent of white asparagus or even truffle. There’s some oak-derived vanilla and spice but this suits the wine. On the palate, the texture is smooth and creamy and the acidity nicely coated. Some may find it a-typical, but I like that it pushes the boundaries of what can be done with Sauvignon in a local context.