Last week, when I was down in the Cape Winelands, I visited Landskroon on a God-given day. Another perfect day in Africa. The Estate is on the south western slopes of the iconic Paarl Mountain, facing Table Mountain in the south. I was so fortunate to spend time with the three of the four cousins who run the Estate, Hugo was out in the vineyards harvesting. It was so special to refresh my memories of happy times there when in the 1980s, I used to call on the De Villiers family. Grand-Mère Madelief, widow of Paul IV, was a superb host and a gracious noble lady. The cousins are producing some superb wines and as new vintages are being released they are putting them out in an elegant new livery.
The grapes for the Landskroon Sauvignon Blanc 2019 or from the Western Cape Wine Appellation which means that they are not all grown on the Estate, and are bought in from contracted premium quality grape growers. The grapes are harvested by hand and taken to the cellar where Paul de Villiers V, his wine maker Michiel du Toit and the cellar team destalk and crush the grapes. The free run juice and gentle pressings are cool settled for 2 days before being taken to cooled fermentation tanks. The wine is then prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, appropriate as the grape has its origins in Bordeaux, and closed with a crew cap. The label is an elegant Anthony Lane design. In the glass, the wine is a pale straw in colour, with lime green flashes when held up to the light. The aromas tend towards green, figs, asparagus and fynbos herbaceousness, signs of early picking on the ideal ripeness window while the generous palate and long aftertaste reward with tropical fruits indicative of a more ripe picking. A fine glass, eminently drinkable now, though will reward with a year or two of cool cellaring.
A fine wine, the Landskroon Sauvignon Blanc 2019, is perfect as a wine on its own, Since moving to Johannesburg two years ago, I have noticed a keener fancy for Sauvignon Blanc and the dry climate up here is ameliorated by the raciness of the wine. As a food wine it is brilliant with cool crisp summer salads and cold summer soups. Anina Meyer’s Chilled Cucumber Pea & Yoghurt Soup, is a fine partner. Click HERE for her recipe
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