Tuesday 24th September is National Heritage Day. A day in which all of South Africa’s different cultures are to be celebrated. Food is part of culture, the whether your culture offers roast beef, Samp & Beans, Pickled Fish, Boerewors, or the many other dishes which are part of our heritage. Wine is an important part of the culture and heritage of the Western Cape and the Old Road Wine Company pays homage to much of what has taken place in Franschhoek and still happens today. The Juliette Sauvignon Blanc 2018, one of a range of The Quirky Ones is a sublime example of the wines Ryan Puttick makes for the Old Road Wine Company. The company has old vineyards in Franschhoek as one of the suppliers of grapes for their wines.
The grapes for the Juliette Sauvignon Blanc 2018 are harvested on Highfield Farm in Elgin a vineyard in a cool climatic area which is farmed for premium wine grapes. Careful vineyard management, thinning of shoots, and removal of leaves after the berries have set to allow the classical tropical Sauvignon flavours to develop. In the cellar, after careful bunch and berry sorting, the wine gets minimal intervention. After fermentation, the wine is prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label reminds me of Paris, art nouveau, very pretty on pale blue and pink. In the glass, the wine is pale wheat in colour with lime green flashes. The aromas are of sweet tropical limes, desiccated pineapple, and fresh ripe white fleshed peaches. The palate is full and generous. From entry, there is a zippy acidity which runs to the long aftertaste. The aftertaste is fresh and rich in melon and kiwi ‘greenness’. Stunning glass of wine for now drinking.
The Juliette Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is an any time wins. Will perk you up as a mid-morning refresher, or a sipper at sundown. It is ideal with summery food like crisp saladings with smoked fish or chicken. Crisp Cos lettuce with red apple, walnuts and blue cheese with a lemon and olive oil dressing, served with a pan fried SASSI friendly fish like Hake. To go a bit more traditional for Heritage Day, my Smoked Fish Paté is a great foil for the wine. Click HERE for my recipe.
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