Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Ilse van der Merwe’s Smoked Trout Terrine – 10.03.2017

Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2016

So often when you buy a bottle of wine, you have no idea about what the winery looks like, its setting, its history and the climatic conditions which surround the vineyards.

Zevenwacht has a modern winery which is behind the most beautiful Cape Dutch Manor House of the most amazing proportions, set upon a lake with the rolling hills of Stellenbosch in the background.

Zevenwacht’s Manor House

Owned by the Johnson family who are very involved in the Estate, its historical and cultural preservation, and in the conservation of the indigenous surroundings in terms of both the flora and fauna.  There is also a vineyard in the Banghoek Valley called Zevenrivieren which has a small variety of grapes which add greatly to the Zevenwacht Range.

Zevenwacht Jacques Viljoen & Assistant Charles Lourens

The grapes for the Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc 2016 came from two different Sauvignon Blanc vineyards and a small amount of Semillon from a nearby vineyard.  The vineyards are up the hill and face onto False Bay from whence cooling afternoon breezes ameliorate the summer heat in the vineyards.  This allows for a longer ripening period for the grapes and the resulting grapes have a greater flavour and are perfectly ripe. The grapes are then harvested at different periods during the ideal ripeness period to introduce a variety of flavours to the final wine.

Once in the cellar the grapes are destemmed and crushed and cool fermented which allows for the retention of the herbaceousness and the intensity of the fruit.  After fermentation, the wine lay on its lees for five months which helps to create mid palate flavour and strangely adds a creaminess to the wine, which I find enchanting.

Sauvignon Blanc grapes hanging on the vine

It looks like
Bottled in a Burgundy shaped bottle with an elegant white label.  In the glass, the wine is bright as a gem, pale straw in colour with little flashes of yellow green.

It smells like
Lovely green aromas of crushed fig leaves, passion fruit and grapefruit skin oil.

It tastes like
From entry, a generosity of fruit. The rounded acidity of passion fruit, tropical guavas, and sappy grapefruit. The Semillon adds to the ‘weight’ of the wine.  The flavours are borne right from front to the long back taste by a zippy freshness.

Ilse van der Merwe’s Smoked Trout Terrine

It’s good with
This is a great refresher when midmorning or late afternoon you might want a glass of wine. It is good as an aperitif to get your appetite revved up for a meal to follow. It is excellent with summery foods, salads and goat cheese.  Ilse van der Merwe’s Smoked Trout Terrine is one of those classical dishes which have made their way into the modern cuisine – happily so. Click here for her recipe.

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