Vaalvlei Sauvignon Blanc 2010
By Christian Eedes, 1 September 2011
It doesn’t get more low-key than Vaalvlei, situated 9km from the Overberg village of Stanford. Here Naas Terblanche planted 3ha of vineyard in 2005, roughly half Sauvignon Blanc and half Shiraz and 2010 was his first commercial release, the Sauvignon Blanc made at nearby Raka and the Shiraz on the property. The Sauvignon shows green melon flavour and gentle acidity – at R40 a bottle, great casual quaffing. The Shiraz Reserve 2010 (R85 a bottle) shows typical dark fruit and pepper on the nose but lacks a little definition on the palate, a product no doubt of being picked ultra-ripe as borne out by 14.9% alcohol by volume. Labels feature a drawing of the Western Leopard Toad, Vaalvlei apparently being the furthest inland from the sea the amphibian has been spotted.