Ten super Sauvignon sippers

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the largest white wine categories, accounting for 9% of South Africa’s vineyards. One of its key selling points is its straightforwardness – the flavours are rarely hidden and there is a close correlation between the perceived flavours and their descriptors.

South African Sauvignons exhibit distinct terroir-driven characteristics. Here are a few examples from the various production areas:

Durbanville – Altydgedacht
A complex nose laden with green fig and green pepper. These flavours follow through to the crisp palate coupled with hints of tropical fruit.

Constantia – Steenberg

Passion fruit, ruby grapefruit, gun flint and freshly cut grass on the nose followed by fresh citrus notes. The palate shows beautiful richness, with a strong mineral core and a herbaceous undertone.

Stellenbosch – Lourensford
Pungent tropical fruit flavours of Cape gooseberries, ripe figs and passion fruit, supported by the fresh crispness of kiwi fruit and green pepper with lemongrass undertones and a creamy finish.

Walker Bay – Bouchard Finlayson
A great balance has been achieved between fruit maturity and acid harmony. Flavours of tropical perfume, gooseberry, litchi, green fig and herbaceousness captured over layers of creamy minerality.

Elim – First Sighting
On the nose you’ll find strong tropical and citrus fruit. Full on the palate, with the typical Elim terroir fingerprint of minerality and buchu.

Cederberg – Cederberg
Wines with altitude… Delicate combination of white asparagus and green fig with hints of gooseberries. A fresh and fruity finish that lingers on the palate.

Elgin – Sutherland from Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Its crisp and mineral flavours make it ideal as an aperitif or paired with shellfish. Enjoy while it’s young and exuberant.

Paarl – Neil Joubert
Delicate aromas with fresh grass cuttings along with hints of lime and nettle. These lively, fruity flavours are lifted by crisp acidity.

Groenekloof – Neil Ellis

An area situated on the Cape west coast near Darling. Strongly influenced by the interaction of soil, topography and climate, it is lively and expressive of its origin.

Robertson – Robertson Winery
Full-bodied with powerful varietal flavours of bell pepper, green apple and freshly cut grass. Good structure with lovely balancing acidity.

When the warmth of a sunny day makes you think of Sauvignon Blanc, one is never far out of your reach.