Southern Right, Sauvignon Blanc, WO Walker Bay, South Africa, 2013
The vineyards are about 2km from the coast and the cold South Atlantic Current, planted on free-draining sandstone, with a south-facing aspect no doubt. Diam cork closure, 13% abv, Costco £9
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas opening with the slightest whiff of sulphur (from reductive wine making to retain fresh flavours?), then crisp green apple, hints of green pepper, and indistinct herbaceous notes.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, the slightest gummy grip, warming medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, with a smooth texture, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of newly opened elderflower blossom (when the flowers have been open for some time it is more overtly sweaty), unripe passionfruit flesh, a hint of gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), with an edge of green pepper. A long length with a clean fresh elderflower and green pepper finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with fresh acidity perfectly balancing the flavour intensity and alcohol, a good concentration of a modest but interesting range of flavours, with a good long flavoursome finish. This wine is ready to drink and will keep for 2 to 3 years but not improve with cellaring.