Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2011

By , 12 February 2018

Last week a vertical tasting of both the Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and the Sauv-Sem blend called Isliedh incorporating the 2011 to 2016 vintages.

Both wines are in fact blends, the Reserve Sauvignon Blanc including anything from 3% Semillon in the case of the 2014 vintage to 13% in the case of the 2011 and 2012 vintages while the proportion of Semillon varied from 16% in the case of the 2016 to 31% in the case of the 2014.

An important take-away from the exercise was that somewhat counter-intuitively the Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (from vineyards lower down the mountain-side property) tended to be richer and more full bodied than Isliedh (from higher, more windswept vineyards).

Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2011, Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2011

Serene.

In most instances, I preferred the Reserve to Isliedh, if only just, but the 2011 vintage of the latter was stupendously good. A blend of 87% Sauvignon Blanc and 13% Semillon, the nose showed top notes of citrus blossom and fynbos before black currant, peach and red apple with a touch of mushroom in the background. The palate meanwhile possessed extraordinary poise – wonderfully pure fruit and fresh acidity before a long and savoury finish. Still many years ahead of it.

Editor’s rating: 95/100.

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