If terroir is everything, then how to understand the district of Darling? Named after the West Coast town of the same name, most wine enthusiasts will know it for Sauvignon Blanc from the higher-lying ward of Groenekloof but up until 2003, it was included in the Swartland and further inland there remain old-fashioned dryland bush […]
Homtini used to be the name of Fairview winemaker Anthony de Jager’s own-label Shiraz-Viognier but now designates an entirely different wine. De Jager suggest that current-release Homtini 2014 be viewed as a “Super Darling”, the wine taking its cue from the Super Tuscans of Italy and leading with 41% Sangiovese from Fairview’s Darling vineyards plus […]
From dryland vineyards in Darling, the Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2015 under the Fleur du Cap label is old-school. Cut grass, fresh herbs, lime and grapefruit on the nose while the palate is rich and thick-textured with coated acidity. Forceful but not particularly charming. R106 a bottle. #WinemagRating: 86/100.
Convinced that the Swartland was under-utilised, Charles Back acquired property here in the late 1990s – Klein Amoskuil outside Malmesbury where he intended to focus on Rhône varieties as well as vineyards in Darling Hills which was to be primarily a source of Sauvignon Blanc. Darling became a district in its own right in 2003 […]
In the case of the 2012 vintage, KWV will be releasing two versions of Sauvignon Blanc under its top-end The Mentors label. Tasting them next to each other certainly makes terroir more relevant than usual and as to which one you prefer will depend on your affinity for pyrazine character. The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 […]
Alexanderfontein is the entry-level label of Darling producer Ormonde Private Cellar. Approximately 300ha under vineyard and a lot of that is Sauvignon Blanc, the the Alexanderfontein version established as the quintessential South African expression of the variety in recent times – clean, fresh and cheap. The 2012 is R40 a bottle and shows lime and […]
Darling property Groote Poste enjoys a cool-climate location not far from the Atlantic Ocean and hence tends to make such excellent Sauvignon Blanc but does this also explain why the Shiraz 2008 was so ordinary? The wine showed stalky, green flavours in addition to sour plum and had a somewhat briny after-taste. According to technical […]
Pictured alongside are Conrad and Suzan Vlok of Elim property Strandveld, who have two wines in Wine magazine’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, namely First Sighting 2009 (from multiple vineyards and including 9% Semillon) and Strandveld 2010 (single vineyard). Neil Pendock got it nearly right when he wrote in his blog prior to the announcement of the […]