What to make of wooded Sauvignon Blanc? By virtue of its time in oak, it typically doesn’t have quite the same purity and freshness of unwooded Sauvignon Blanc nor does it have the extra complexity of a Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend.
Done well, however, it does gain extra dimension compared to unwooded Sauvignon and in the case of the 2015 from Donovan Ackermann, assistant winemaker at Strandveld in Elim, also benefits from not being inoculated with a commercial yeast.
The wine is a somewhat idiosyncratic but nevertheless intriguing proposition. On the nose, green and yellow apple, some sea spray and white pepper. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and full, tangy acidity lending balance, the finish particularly savoury. Price: R145 a bottle.
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