A week or so ago, I was invited by Dirk Human, Owner and Winemaker of Black Oystercatcher Wine way down south in the Elim Wine Appellation, to taste his Sauvignon Blancs. He was in Johannesburg in a wine trip. The Black Oystercatcher Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is a stonker of a wine, showing its southern terroir, the cold windblown scraggy vineyards producing fine Sauvignon Blanc Wines.
Interestingly, as an experiment Dirk picked grapes in the 2018 vintage which grew on Quartzite, Schist or broken Shale and Iron Ferricrete – the labels contain the names as a distinguisher. Grapes were picked off those specific soils at differing times in the ideal ripeness window to add complexity to the wines. Once bottled, the differences were so obvious, each exciting in its own way. These three wines are available in an attractive packing case. They would make a lovely gift for someone special and will only improve for up to and beyond ten years.
The Black Oystercatcher Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is their standard offering. And what an offering! In the vineyards three passes were made to ensure complexity in the wine. Destalked and crushed, free run juice was allowed to cool settle before having selected yeast strains added for the fermentation. Post fermentation resting on the lees, helped to build the mid-palate. The wine was then prepared for botting.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is simple and elegant, and easily recognisable, depicting two Black Oystercatchers, well known coastal birds. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright golden straw in colour. The aromas are classical Sauvignon Blanc, I loved the undertow of grapefruit which I find very appealing in a chilled white wine. From entry, there is a brisk acidity which runs through the generously fruited mid-palate into a long and gently waning aftertaste. There is evidence of freshly mown grass and scrunched up fynbos herbs. The palate is a whack of fruit, crisp and very refreshing. Lovely sweet tropical limes and windfall lemons and then the green mango, crunchy green bell peppers and melon. If you ever sucked round river stones as a child, you will find them in the wine too! This brilliant wine will also be happy to be cool cellared for a couple of years for later enjoyment.
Perfect as a mid morning refresher, or a sun down sipper. A wonderful palate enlivening apéritif and leading into a meal. I think that this wine would do very well with oysters, seafood and sashimi or Ceviche, the ‘national’ dish of Peru is an ideal partner. Nina Tim’s Poké Bowl is the perfect partner to the Black Oystercatcher Sauvignon Blanc 2018. A dish of Hawaiian origin, it was just so good.
Nina Timm of myeasycooking.com
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