When did the phenomenon that is white blends from Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon begin in South Africa begin? I think most observers will credit Vergelegen’s André van Rensburg as being father of the movement with the first vintage of that property’s excellent example being from 2001.
The flagship version from Tokara dates from 2006 – best white blend at the 2008 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, both components fermented in oak, maturation nine months, 20% new.
No longer primary but equally not decrepit – difficult to describe but predominantly green melon in character but also notes of everything from lime and white pepper through blackcurrant to truffle. Rich and full, relatively thick textured with tangy rather than zippy acidity. A super wine to spend time with but a nagging feeling that it would’ve been more vivid 12 months ago.