Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2017, so good with Alida Ryder’s Smoked Snoek Fishcakes…

Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Martin Moore, Durbanville Hills’ Founding Cellarmaster and Kobus Gerber, the White Wine Maker have access to some exciting vineyard blocks from which to choose the grapes for this blend of Sauvignon Blancs. The Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2017, has a label by Theo Vorster, well known Cape Town Artist who has depicted the Cape Mist with Cape Zebras and a seagull on the label. The Cape Mist is a natural phenomenon in Cape Town, stealthily moving in as a cool Atlantic breeze over Table Bay. The mist provides a soft blanket over the surrounding slopes and creates the perfect cool climate conditions associated with the Durbanville terroir. These conditions are crucial in creating the perfect environment to grow Sauvignon Blanc, renowned for its abundant and lingering tropical fruit flavours and balanced freshness.

Durbanville Hills Founding Cellarmaster Martin Moore

The grapes for the Durbanville Hills Collector’s Reserve The Cape Mist Sauvignon Blanc 2017 come from the vineyards of the 9 growers in the valley surrounding the cellar. Vineyards from different aspects and altitudes were chosen on their previous history of production. Martin and Kobus talk of the winemaking thus, “Selected hand-picked grapes were delivered to the cellar in the early morning, then covered with a blanket of dry ice pellets during off-loading. Before there was any skin contact in special designed separators, the must was chilled down by a special mash-cooler. Only the free run juice was selected to settle for three days with lees stirring once a day – this helps to increase the aromas and full mouth feel of the juice. The juice was then racked to a stainless-steel fermentation tank and a fermentation aid was added during the inoculation with a selected yeast strain. The initial fermentation was done at 16 ̊C and thereafter completed at 14 ̊C. The wine was tasted regularly during the fermentation process. For eight months the wine was left on the secondary lees with a light filtration before bottling.”

Sauvignon Blanc Grapes in harvesters hands

From a Burgundy shaped bottle. Closed under screw cap. The label by Theo Vorster is elegant and quirky. In the glass, the wine is a very pale straw with lime green flashes. The aromas are of granadilla, sweet tropical limes and lemons. The flavours are crisp and zesty and, though dry, tastes of sweet summer fruits like greengage plum and ripe white fleshed peaches. Lovely long aftertaste begging you to take another sip.

Alida Ryder’s Smoked Snoek Fishcakes

Serve well chilled as a mid-morning refresher, as an aperitif or as a sundown sipper. It is great with food, ceviche, sashimi and even a mild Kerala Vegetable Curry. Alida Ryder’s Smoked Snoek Fishcakes are just the perfect partner for a summery lunch under a vine covered pergola. Click here for her recipe.

Alida Ryder, on the cover of her first cookbook

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