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Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2008

How good can single-variety Sauvignon Blanc possibly be? Yesterday Tokara’s Miles Mossop presented his newly released Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and you certainly had to admire it for its purity and focus but wouldn’t necessarily call it complex. On the nose, a pleasant dustiness before notes of pear, lime and grapefruit. Concentrated fruit, [...]

September 4, 2015
by Christian
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Coup d’Etat Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Winemaker Pieter de Waal of Hermit on the Hill and Mount Abora wears the fact that Coup d’Etat 2014 was rejected by the Wine and Spirit Board for “turbidity and oxidation” as a badge of honour. From the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the country (planted in 1965 on the property that is now home [...]

August 7, 2015
by Christian
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Nitida The Wild Child 2014

The Wild Child 2014 from Durbanville property is smart enough but I’m not sure it entirely lives up to its name. It’s from Sauvignon Blanc which underwent spontaneous fermentation in French oak, 45% new before six months of maturation. Aromas and flavours of lime, peach, cassis and a little white pepper. Good fruit concentration, fresh [...]

July 13, 2015
by Christian
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Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2012

I was recently appointed to the steering committee of the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon and come the end of May, I’ll be judging at the sixth annual running of the competition in Friuli , Italy. The variety is more on my mind than usual and last night we opened a bottle of the 1000 Miles [...]

April 21, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Van Loveren Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The crew at Van Loveren in Robertson pride themselves on being the first to get a wine of any particular year to market and they seem to have done it again. Grapes for its Sauvignon Blanc 2015 were harvested between 15 and 22 January and a media release announcing the release of the wine was [...]

March 6, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013

“When do you think is a good time to release 2015 SB? Now? Too soon? Next year?” asked Lutzville Wines on Twitter last week and while Robertson winery Van Loveren has already released its 2015 vintage (not yet reviewed), Stellenbosch counterpart Kleine Zalze is now selling the 2013 vintage of its top-end Family Reserve (R141 [...]

March 2, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2010

The trick to world-beating Sauvignon Blanc according to some is to maximise both your pyrazine- and thiol-derived flavours and then ensure some kind of balance between the two. Koetshuis from De Grendel has always been one such wine – dramatic in its youth but how does it age? To explore this, a bottle of the [...]

January 15, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Is there any more capricious human endeavour than farming? Buitenverwachting Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from Buitenverwachting is rated 5 Stars in the latest edition of Platter’s and as we sat drinking a bottle last night, news came through that a fire had destroyed the Constantia property’s workshop (see here). The wine is a stonker. [...]

November 12, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments
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