Sauvignon Blanc round-up
By Christian Eedes, 24 July 2019
It takes a brave man to review Sauvignon Blanc in the depths of the Western Cape winter but here goes:
Nitida Golden Orb Sauvignon Blanc 2017
From a single Durbanville vineyard. Fermented and matured for 10 months in tank. Top notes of nettles and fynbos before naartjie, yellow peach and cantaloupe. The palate is rich and full with coated acidity and a savoury finish – a dramatic wine. Alcohol: 14.14%.
Editor’s rating: 91/100.
Bouchard Finlayson Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017
WO Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Includes 14% Semillon. Citrus, fruit punch and slight “sweaty” note on the nose. Carefully assembled – good palate weight, tangy acidity and a savoury finish. Alcohol: 13.41%.
Editor’s rating: 90/100.
Camps Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Grapes grown by Fortes Family Vineyards in Napier, wine made by Conrad Vlok of Strandveld. Tankd fermented and then matured in 300-litre barrels for seven months. Yellow peach, fig and dried herbs on the nose. Rich and creamy in texture with nicely coated acidity before a gently savoury finish. Alcohol: 13%.
Editor’s rating: 89/100.
Old Road Wine Co. Juliette Sauvignon Blanc 2018
WO Elgin. Lime, citrus blossom and fresh herbs on the nose. Light bodied with racy acidity and a very dry finish. Uncomplicated but not displeasing. Alcohol: 13.5%.
Editor’s rating: 87/100.
Old Road Wine Co. The Smous Sauvignon Blanc 2018
WO Western Cape. Peach and pineapple on the nose. Sweet with moderate acidity and a rather short finish. Technically sound but rather ordinary. Alcohol: 12.5%.
Editor’s rating: 86/100.