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Fryer’s Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2011 vs. 2012

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Good with crayfish.

Fryer’s Cove Sauvignon Blanc, from grapes grown at Bamboes Bay up the West Coast, burst on to the scene when the 2005 vintage rated 5 Stars in the now defunct Wine magazine. Viticulturist Jan Ponk van Zyl is also a Vredendal grape grower and winemaker is Wynand Hamman, formerly of Lanzerac and they’ve done it again with the 2011 rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013 (recommended retail price: R120 a bottle) .

The nose is currently quite shy, the palate subtle with some lime on entry, well integrated acidity and a saline finish. It contains a small barrel fermented portion and spent three months on the lees altogether so there’s a nice creamy mouthfeel. I liked it well enough but was expecting more fireworks given its rating in Platter’s. Score: 16/20.

Hamman apparently believes that the not-yet-released 2012 is “an even better wine” and I tend to agree. A wider range of flavour from herbaceous through lime and green melon, rich and fuller on the palate, really zingy acidity. Score: 17/20.

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