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The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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Excitement about Elim seems to have dissipated over the last five years or so but there are still some very fine wines to be had from this ward. Trizanne Signature Wines Reserve 2013 was rated 4½ Stars in last year’s White Hot Wine Awards sponsored by RisCura and the more I revisit it, the more I’m inclined to think that this is one of the finest Bordeaux-style white blends yet produced in South Africa.

The Elim wine which impressed most recently however was the Sauvignon Blanc 2014 under The Berrio label. Grapes are grown by Francis Pratt and David Nieuwoudt of Cederberg has been the winemaker since 2013.

On the nose, there’s some not unpleasant reduction before lime, granadilla and pineapple with some dustiness and white pepper in the background. Really good palate weight and coated acidity – a lithe wine which moves really well in the mouth. Elim whites can be particularly “green” but this isn’t. Super stuff.

Score: 92/100.


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