An exciting discovery at the Constantia Food and Wine Festival held over the past weekend was the Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from Silvermist (R140 a bottle). The vineyards are situated high on the mountain – the entrance to the property is just after Constantia Nek as the descent to Hout Bay begins – and are officially organic with certification provided by the locally based Bio-Dynamic & Organic Certification Authority. Gregory Louw, son of the owners, is winemaker and the grapes are vinified at Boekenhoutskloof in Franschhoek.
The nose is quite shy but for a note of gunpowder-like reduction. The palate, however, is very expressive with notes of white peach, yellow apple and a touch of grapefruit on entry before some white pepper bite on the finish. Good palate weight and no shortage of freshness but the acidity is not at all seering – a really compelling proposition.