De Grendel, Sauvignon Blanc, Koetshuis, WO Coastal Region, South Africa, 2012
On WO Coastal Region
This is a super WO (Wine of Origin) encompassing and allowing cross-district blending, from Paarl, Stellenbosch, Swartland, part of Tulbagh and Cape Peninsula – which includes the ward of Constantia . From macro to micro scale, the WO scheme follows :
- Region eg Breede River Valley, Cape South Coast, Coastal Region, Klein Karoo, Olifants River.
- District eg Elgin, Stellenbosch, Worcester.
- Ward eg Constantia.
- Unit for the production of an estate wine, grown, vinified and bottled on that estate.
- Unit for production of a single vineyard wine, of <= 6 hectares.
This wine: lot No. L1124 (on back label), varietal sauvignon blanc, screw-cap closure, 13% abv, Vintage Wines, £15 (01/19)
Consumer tasting note: a sauvignon blanc with a little age to it, with a profile of gooseberry, tinned pear, green herbs and tropical guava-like nuances; medium-full bodied, smooth with refreshing balancing acidity, a touch more vegetal in mid-palate with noticeable asparagus. Finishes soundly long.
Drink now – RTD and will keep for 2-3 years – Wait. Decant for 15 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears, and a slight (audible) spritz.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of gooseberry, lemon pith, a slight spiciness, green herbs, tinned pear, slightly confected tropical guava-like nuances, waxy [a sign of this wine’s future – on day 2, more herbaceous, with green pepper coming through].
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth creamy texture with barely perceptible grip, with flavours of asparagus, tinned pear, gooseberry, green herbs. A sound long length (~30s) with a clean finish of tinned pear and green herbs, with asparagus on the end [on day 2 green pepper edged with asparagus tend to dominate].
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether harmonious; quite strong intensity with similar concentration, leading to a sound long length; lees ageing has developed a creamy texture, with extra body; showing a moderate complexity, with a touch of bottle development. Sauvignon blanc without a doubt.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – I have seen sauvignons attain venerable age, but these are few and far between, this example is tending I believe, to a more vegetal character, in particular the asparagus note, which develops with age, and can become unattractive, and so needs regular re-sampling.