2011 Cape Point "Reserve" Sauvignon Blanc Cape Point

SKU #1157557 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve is blended with 10% Semillon and is whole bunch pressed. It has an attractive bouquet with nectarine, grapefruit and hints of mandarin that emerge with aeration (incidentally, a second bottle displayed a heightened mineral component that lent it a real Loire-like freshness and vitality.) The palate is well-balanced with a fine citric thread and a lovely lemongrass-tinged phenolic finish. This is an intriguing, pleasurable Sauvignon Blanc from winemaker Duncan Savage. Drink now-2016. (NM)  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

A classic blend of 87% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Semillon; the grapes for this wine are picked on the picturesque south facing Noordhoek slopes from the Cape Peninsulas' southern most vineyards. The grapes were harvested in the early hours of the morning and were all hand-picked, the yields a tiny 1.6 tons an acre. The fruit is barrel fermented with only 10% of the oak being new and small portion is also aged in Amphora. The wine is fermented using portions of native yeast. It is rested in barrel for 14 months on it's lees with regular batonage. This is incredibly complex, layered Sauvignon Blanc with a lovely combination of rich flavor and a very focused acid line. The multitude of citrus and stone fruits are intertwined with a fascinating granitic minerality and elongated on the palate by mouthwatering acidity. A very special expression of Sauvignon Blanc and these totally unique vineyards. Ryan Woodhouse - K&L South African Wine Buyer.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.