How much stylistic variation to allow when assessing Sauvignon Blanc? The Nicobar 2009 was the second vintage of Sauvignon Blanc as re-imagined by Carl van der Merwe when still at Quoin Rock in Stellenbosch before moving to De Morgenzon and it is, in a word, unusual.
While the 2007 was from Agulhas fruit, the 2009 was made from grapes grown on the Simonsberg; free run and press juice blended together; fermentation in 225-litre French oak casks without the addition of yeast and lasting for two and a half months; 25% new French oak, the rest 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill; left on the fermentation lees for 10 months with battonage done twice per month.
Unusual but very expressive and delicious. A range of flavour from ripe green melon through to bruised apple. A wine of breadth and depth balanced by tangy acidity. Miles away from the clean, fresh stuff usually thought of as constituting good Sauvignon Blanc but worthy of reward.
The fifth annual Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition will be presented under the auspices of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group, with First National Bank as headline sponsor, and will be known as the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition. Closing date for entries will be Friday 23 September 2011 and judging take place on 27, 28 and 29 September 2011. All inquiries to SBIG secretary Pieter de Waal. Tel 083 357 3864. Email: Pieter@dw.co.za