From Stellenbosch, McGregor and Elgin, three delightful examples that express diverse regionality in appealing fashion and reviewed below in alphabetical order.
Bellevue Sauvignon Blanc 2017
The Morkel family have been making wine at Bellevue on the Bottelary road for than 150 years and their experience is clearly evident in this delicious single vineyard sauvignon blanc that also offers exceptional value. The 19-year-old vineyard, dubbed Dodo, yields grapes to result in a wine that presents a bouquet of tropical flavours with autumn fruit to follow on the palate. The wine is agreeably frisky, but there is a long finish where its fine balance is discernible. The over-used phrase “summer in a glass” is really applicable here. Expect to pay R60 from the cellar door .
Lord’s Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Lord’s wines just go on getting better and better. The new vintage sauvignon blanc is a case in point – it is a moreish wine whatever your preference when it comes to this cultivar. This is because there is a good balance between fruity tropical flavours and crisp green ones, captured in a characterful wine that is tangy and refreshing with a hint of minerality. It made it into the Top 20 in this year’s Sauvignon Blanc contest and sells for R95 from the charming mountainside cellar in the McGregor highlands.
Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc
It is not often that one finds a sauvignon blanc that improves with time after being opened. But this is what I found with this elegant offering from Elgin, it seemed to acquire more fruit allied to an agreeable richness after 24 hours, while crisp verdancy was predominant on first unscrewing the cap. The Elgin character – which can be on the restrained and severe side is contained here to provide a fine balance to fruit, while the Semillon addition adds creamy complexity. Whether as an aperitif or partner to summer fare, a winner both ways. It costs R90 ex-cellar.