There is something totally beguiling about the West Coast. Rugged country, rugged people of the nicest kind, lovely thick gravelly accented voices, unique ways of expressing themselves. They make some pretty unique wines, in interesting circumstances. Scraggy country, yet perfect for the wonderful weed that is the vine. The Benguela Current which runs up our west coast from the deep southern oceans, creates cooling breezes into the vineyards which prolong ripening, and this creates flavour. Fryer’s Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2017 has its own Appellation, Bamboes Bay. Claimed by the Estate as their best Sauvignon Blanc harvest in recent years, the berries were small as a result of the worst in living memory drought experienced in the Western Cape over the years leading up to the harvest.
The vineyards are dotted on a hillside very close to the ocean. The Winery is an old Fish Factory in a tiny harbour. The soils are mainly Hutton type with healthy lower layers of Calcic Soils, which are well known in arid regions, there are healthy amounts of lime in the soils.
The Fryer’s Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is a limited production wine and is kept in the bottle for 18 months until release. Cool cellaring for a further 5 years will reward the drinker handsomely.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed under natural cork. In the glass, the wine pale straw in colour with some lemony flashes. The aromas are of fresh scrunched fynbos, granadilla and kelp. From entry the wine just blasts its way through your mid palate into a long and generous aftertaste. Sliced fresh white fleshed peaches, sweet tropical limes abound in the wonderful freshness and elegance with the expected mineral undertow.
A fine glass on its own as a mid-morning refresher to remind yourself of happy times up on the West Coast, or a serious sipper at sundown. Perfect as an aperitif to a meal. Crispy green salads with goat cheese, simple sauces with pasta or a good mushroom risotto. The Fryer’s Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2017 has such oomph that this wine could partner any number of dishes. Our choice was Nina Timm’s Devilled Chicken Livers. Such a stunning dish. Click here for her recipe.
Nina Timm of myeasycooking.com
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