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Fryer’s Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2011 vs. 2012

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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