I was recently appointed to the steering committee of the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon and come the end of May, I’ll be judging at the sixth annual running of the competition in Friuli , Italy. The variety is more on my mind than usual and last night we opened a bottle of the 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Mulderbosch, a wine which was rated 5 Stars in the 2014 edition of Platter’s.
Grapes were sourced from two vineyards in Elgin, one on the Simonsberg and one in Darling and it was matured for 18 months in 500-litre French oak. Alc 12.93%, RS 4.7g/l, TA 6.7g/l and pH 3.26.
It remains a flamboyant wine – tangerine, granadilla, a hint of blackcurrant with some honey starting to appear by virtue of bottle age. It’s rich and thick-textured but not without balance. Excellent drinking but pretty out there stylistically and I suspect that as a judge tasting blind, you’d have to have your wits about you to recognise its class.