Just when it appeared Klein Constantia were running away with the game when it comes to top-end Sauvignon Blanc, Thys Louw of Diemersdal produces an a superlative Eight Rows 2014 (R130 a bottle).
It’s a complex but elusive wine. Guava, lime, white peach, white pepper, talcum powder, perhaps a hint of gunsmoke. Cucumber is about as “green” as it gets. Nothing obvious – quite haunting which is not something you typically expect of Sauvignon Blanc.
The palate meanwhile shows striking fruit purity and invigorating acidity – it’s delicate and austere and just wonderful to drink. Oh so young now, I can’t wait to see it again in six months’ time and then a year and then two years and then five years…