A wine merchant friend of mine told me that she had great difficulty selling a white Bordeaux style blend. Here you have one of the great styles of white wine in the world. It is the white wine of Bordeaux, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Often the gravitas of the Semillon reigns in the rapier sharp exuberance of some Sauvignons, making a delicious drinking wine, a perfect sipper and a wonderful food partner.
And so it is with Suzanne Coetzee’s Nuiba First Post 2019. Named for her home in Namibia, the Stellenbosch grapes for this wine are separately vinified for later blending. After basket pressing, the Sauvignon Blanc is taken to stainless steel tanks, while the Semillon was fermented and then matured in French oak barrels. The wines were then blended and prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork and the top dipped into white wax. The label is a simple elegant drawing of three cattle lying down. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright, pale gold straw with lime green flashes. The aromas are of ripe stone fruit, white fleshed peaches and whiffs of green, fresh mowed lawn and figs. The palate is rich and generous. There is a line of supportive fruit acidity which runs through from entry to the long aftertaste. Granny Smith apples, melon and citrus are muted in a soft palate. While drinking so well now, the wine will reward you with a year or two of cool cellaring.
Nuiba First Post 2019 is a food wine, which should be served chilled but not too cold. Delicious with summery salads and seafoods, smoked fish or chicken. The more I have white wine with cheese, the more I think it works better than red. My Dalewood Winelands Brie and Raspberry Bake is a perfect after dinner, or indeed lunchtime dish with this wine. Click HERE for my recipe.
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