Sauve and sophisticated or sprightly and stimulating, there are times when a sauvignon blanc fits the bill better than most other wines. One of these is when daytime temperatures hover well above the 40 degree mark and evenings don’t offer much relief. We had our fair share – more than, actually – of these sultry days earlier this month and well-chilled recently launched sauvignons were much appreciated.
Nitida’s sauvignons always guarantee pleasure, and the 2015 is no exception. In many respects a typical Durbanville example, presenting those green notes - lemongrass, green apple, green fig – but they don’t overwhelm, countered with an elegance, a richness often absent from others in this region. Three gold stickers indicate approval from other palates.
From Franschhoek, La Motte presents classic, carefully made aristocrats, like their 2015 sauvignon blanc from the prestigious Pierneef Collection. This is one to keep or sip when the menu reflects gourmet items, whether seafood or salad. Like most wines in this range, there is restraint, although flavours of fig, apple, and gooseberry come through. Organically grown grapes from, I think, vineyards near Cape Agulhas, add to the appeal, along with a whiff of fynbos.
A pair of sauvignons from Groote Post, both 2015, the regular plus the superior Kapokberg, were both enjoyed, and voted the wines that helped to counter the heat best! They are made in similar refreshing style – loaded with green fruit, citrus and granadilla, but the Kapokberg wins with its complexity, notable mineral structure adding elegance. I do think a screwcap would not take away from its classiness, however. I detected a touch of that appealing and distinctive Darling dustiness in the regular sauvignon.