From the Hemel en Aarde Valley in the Walker Bay Wine Appellation, this fine expression of Sauvignon Blanc by Jean Claude & Carolyn Martin. Climatic conditions, cooling breezes up the valley from the cool Atlantic Ocean amongst them, result in a wine that has a wonderful river stone minerality, great texture, depth and breadth as a result of lengthy lees contact. Brightshining in the glass with aromas of white tropical flowers, and some semi tropical fruits like pawpaw, granadilla and, always a surprise to me, blackcurrant. From entry the palate is rich and generous. Mineral and notes of lemongrass. Long and gently waning aftertaste.
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The excellent Edmund Terblanche has made another stunner. Using grapes from trellised vines in the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and the Cape South Coast Wine Appellations each bringing their own voice to this fine wine. After fermentation, the wine was left on the lees for three months adding so much in terms of flavour and complexity. Before being bottles 8% Semillon was blended adding a measure of gravitas to the puckish Sauvignon Blanc. In the glass a delicate straw yellow. The aromas are of cape gooseberries, lemon curd and a mélange of tropical fruits. The palate is generous and from entry a line of fruit acidity which counterbalances and supports the lush fruit. Ending in a long dry aftertaste. Excellent as an aperitif.
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I have written about this wine before and each time I think of Sauvignon Blanc, I can already start juice making at the very thought. After destalking and crushing, the juice is allowed four hours of skin contact and then after fermentation, extended contact with its lees for 14 days. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright straw with flashes of lime green. The aromas are more to the tropical, than the green, so granadilla, mango, desiccated pineapple and sweet tropical limes abound and lead into the generous palate, a great line of fruit acidity goes into the aftertaste, long and refreshing. The separate vinifications were blended before being prepared for bottling. Perfect as a refresher and an aperitif for a meal.
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This is a delicious expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh, crispy and displaying all the puckish attributes of the grape. The wines from the Robertson, Bonnievale, Wellington, Breedekloof, Stellenbosch, and Darling Appellations are made in the regions under the supervision of Douglas Green and then taken to Wellington where their Oenologists create the final blend. Each component lies on its lees for a while to add complexity, depth and breadth to the flavour of the final wine. In the glass, it is a pale lemony gold with lime green flashes. The aromas, which run into the generous palate are of passion fruit, grapefruit skin oils, desiccated pineapple. There is a lone of acidity which runs through from entry to the back palate where it lingers for a while. This is the perfect lunch time aperitif and sunset sipper. Excellent with all manner of foods.
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Pour 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 new design, with the de Villiers family crest, for Landskroon, very appropriate for the quality of what is in the bottle. 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.
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These wines are perfect as a match to a Comté & Caramelised Onion Tarte Flambée from Cat’s Toulouse Kitchen, which I use with her kind permission. Cat’s Website, Cat’s Toulouse Kitchen is a real find for me this week, Click HERE to get the recipe. I hope to offer you more of her recipes in the coming weeks.
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