Elgin Vintners, is a partnership of six growers from the Elgin Valley with wines made at various cellars across the winelands. New to the range is Elgin Vintners The Century 2011, a blend of 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon, grapes sourced exclusively from Eikenhof farm owned by the Moodie family. As for the name, it honours Douglas Moodie, who started working at Eikenhof in 1930 and recently celebrated his 100th birthday.
Whereas too many examples of Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin are wishy-washy, this wine is made from grapes picked fully ripe and certainly does not lack for heft (abv 14.96%). On the nose, pronounced pear and white peach. The palate is rich and broad, the acidity moderate – the wine perhaps lacking the drive that would elevate it to greatness. The bountiful fruit, however, is what really appeals. Made at Almenkerk, no oak used. Recommended retail price : R130 to R140 a bottle. Score: 16.5/20.