Back when I first met the de Villiers family, the farm was in its fourth generation of Cellar Masters, all called Paul. The estate was perhaps better known for its red wines and port style fortified wines. Indeed, the current master of the Cellar, Paul 5th won the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year some years back for the best Port in South Africa. The children of Paul and Hugo de Villiers are now the owners and managers of The Landskroon Wine Estate. Today, the Estate is producing some fine whites, two Chenin Blancs, a Blanc de Noir and Chardonnay, and amongst others the Landskroon Sauvignon Blanc 2017.
Landskroon is situated on the south western slopes of the landmark Paarl Mountain with a clear view all the way to Table Bay. The grapes for the Landskroon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 are from a selection of vineyards in the Western Cape Wine Appellation. Harvesting took place by hand. The grapes were then destemmed and gently crushed. The free run juice and some of the first pressings were cold settled for 48 hours before being racked off to the stainless steel fermentation tanks. After slow and cool fermentation, the wine was prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under screw cap in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with a truly elegant minimalist label by well-known Cape Town designer Anthony Lane. In the glass, it is gem bright and a pale straw colour.
It smells like
Both the green, grassy aromas of picking in the early part of the ideal ripeness window and the tropical notes which come from picking in the later part of the ripening period.
It tastes like
From entry it is lush and flavoursome with a full mid-palate and full tropical fruit flavours, desiccated pineapple, mango and ripe piel de sapo melon. Long aftertaste with all the components beautifully integrated. Really lovely refresher.
It’s good with
While it is yummy as a glass on its own mid-morning, or as an aperitif. It is so perfect with salady dishes, smoked fish or chicken and delicately flavoured charcuterie. Justine Wall’s Broad Bean, Pea & Pancetta Risotto with Fennel Salt is a perfect partner for this wine. Click here for the recipe from her Wiltshire kitchen.
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