If there is one Sauvignon Blanc you are going to drink in this Heritage month, let it be the Yonder Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2017.
It is a wine which I might have walked past on a shelf, but I was attracted to it much as I might have be attracted to Chateau Yquem’s Ygrec. A wine with a good provenance, and therefore should be good. And it is.
Abé Beukes, I might say the legendary Abé Beukes, is responsible for the wine making and he has created a stonker here. A wonderful expression of the Sauvignon Blanc Grape, hanging longer on the vine as a result of slower ripening which happens when cooling breezes ameliorate the summer heat in the vineyards.
You might be amused by the herd of cattle they keep at Yonder Hill. They are a modern American breed, derived from African cattle.
From a light green Bordeaux shaped bottle under screw cap. In the glass, pale gold with some lime green flashes. Whiffs so classical to Sauvignon Blanc, grapefruit, fynbos herbaceousness and the fullness of a ripe green melon. I like it because the vibrant acidity is well interwoven with the fruit.
A good refresher mid-morning, an excellent aperitif which could lead into a meal starting with Ceviche and following through with a cold smoked chicken breast salad.
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