Diemersdal MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2012
By Christian Eedes, 28 May 2013
Yesterday over lunch with Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw, the current release of his flagship white, the MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (R165 a bottle). The wine contains 7% Semillon and was fermented and matured for 10 months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 20% new.
Very individual, it shows grapefruit, yellow apple and a note reminiscent of white asparagus or even truffle. There’s some oak-derived vanilla and spice but this suits the wine. On the palate, the texture is smooth and creamy and the acidity nicely coated. Some may find it a-typical, but I like that it pushes the boundaries of what can be done with Sauvignon in a local context.