Pierre Rabie, an advocate by profession, pleads the case of wooded Sauvignon in his spare time – he’s made his Blanc Fum
from Elim grapes since the 2013 vintage and his 2016 is his best yet.
Barrel fermented and matured in old oak for some five months, the nose shows a top note of dried herbs before white peach, grapefruit and black currant. The palate shows super-concentrated fruit and riveting acidity before a savoury finish. Just as expressive as the 2015, it seems that much better balanced. Price: R200 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 94/100.
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