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Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020
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Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

"Green grassy nose (as opposed to fruity) - not at all like New Zealand SB. Clean, fresh and vegetal rather than fruity." GV Drink 16/20 2020-2022, Jancis Robinson, May 2021 Although there is no mention on the label, this is... Read More

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ColourWhite

RegionWestern Cape

GrowerCederberg

Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc

Vintage2020

ABV13%

Bottle75

CodeCED620

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Cederberg

South Africa

The redoubtable David Nieuwoudt took over the Cederberg estate from his father in 1997.

We first visited David in 2003, when he was in the midst of his planting programme, and have worked with him ever since then.

The Cederberg vineyards here are 1100-1150 metres up in the Cederberg mountains, most of them on dramatic shale slopes. Good natural rainfall,...

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Sauvignon Blanc

Origins      

  • Probably in Bordeaux region
  • Parent of red grape Cabernet Sauvignon (established by DNA analysis)

Characteristics

  • Vigorous plant, so can be too leafy and overproductive
  • Aromas and flavours described as: herbaceous, grassy and nettley; Gooseberries; but can also show more tropical fruits...
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Jancis Robinson

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Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

"Green grassy nose (as opposed to fruity) - not at all like New Zealand SB. Clean, fresh and vegetal rather than fruity." GV Drink 16/20 2020-2022, Jancis Robinson, May 2021

Although there is no mention on the label, this is about two thirds from the young Sauvignon parcels at Cederberg, plus a third from the Ghost Corner vineyards at Elim – hence the gannet on the label. Owner David Nieuwoudt told me how a previous vintage, tasted blind in a large line-up, had been selected for the FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blancs in the Cape: embarrassed by the fact that he makes three grander Sauvignons he felt he had to withdraw it from the competition!

Bright aromas of elderflower, lemon and lime jump out of the glass. Citrus flavours with underlying notes of nettles and freshly cut grass. A vibrant and precise Sauvignon from the Cederberg cellar. Now-2022

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