The Wine Judging Academy convened by WINE magazine and Michael Fridjhon was privileged enough in its first two years of existence to attract the services of the late Bill Baker, UK wine merchant by trade and devotee of the good life by nature. He had a wonderful expression for wines that he particularly liked, describing them as “all of a piece” and it came to mind when drinking the Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2004.
The wine presented as extraordinarily youthful despite being six years past vintage. It had that wide range of flavour from herbaceous through to granadilla and melon that seems to characterise this property’s wines and had a wonderful line of acidity, enlivening without being at all sharp. The texture was full and round without be unduly viscous. And not a trace of asparagus or tinned peas, which quite frankly I don’t think serves aged Sauvignon Blanc well.
According to the Cape Point Vineayrds website, the wine is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, with 10% of the Sauvignon Blanc aged in new 500-litre barrels. It is interesting to note that the more decorated Isliedh 2004 was 100% Sauvignon Blanc, completely barrel fermented and matured , 20% new oak. Without having a bottle to hand, I wonder if it is currently in quite the same nick as the Sauvignon Blanc.