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 – Darling
Maturation for six months in 500-litre second- and third barrels has lent the wine some white peach flavour and a pronounced richness and thickness of texture but there’s no escaping an overt herbaceous quality on nose and palate. Dramatic but rather hard work to drink.
The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Stellenbosch
Lime and grapefruit with some spicy bite on the finish. Intensely flavoured but composed – pure, clean fruit and zippy acidity. A great example of new-wave South African Sauvingnon Blanc.