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Fryer's Cove, Sauvignon Blanc, Bamboes Bay, 2016

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"The Fryer’s Cove Sauvignon, made with grapes that are grown right on the Atlantic Ocean, is always released a little later. It’s an appropriately saline white, with pithy acidity, notes of seaweed and kelp and a taut, tangy elderflower and gooseberry-like finish. 2017-20, 92 pts", Tim Atkin, South Africa 2017 Special Report

Fryer's Cove, Sauvignon Blanc, Bamboes Bay, 2013

Product Code: FRY116

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Dry, Crisp

Rated 1 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Region: Bamboes Bay
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 13.5%
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A Cape Pouilly-Fumé - an intense mouthful of gooseberry and passion-fruit, checked by crisp minerality. Some tasters may taste salt in this wine - possible given the proximity to the cold Atlantic. Now-2020

On the outskirts of Strandfontein, a peaceful beach resort on the Atlantic coast 300 kilometres north of Cape Town, lies a lonely 6 hectare vineyard 800 metres from the Atlantic Ocean. How it came to be there is a remarkable story. Viticulturist Jan "Ponk" van Zyl knew this area from his experience at the nearby Vredendal co-op, and wanted to try to plant cool-climate varieties. He knew the micro-climate was extra-ordinary: very often the vines here are blanketed in a thick sea-fog, whilst only a few kilometers away inland the sun may be shining and the temperature torrid. He knew too that there was limestone - ideal for both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir - under the top-soil. He then had to negotiate with a bunch of farmers to pipe in water from the Olifants river 29 kilometres away in order to establish the vines.

But Ponk’s persistence has paid off. He and winemaker Wynand Hamman turn out one of South Africa’s most interesting and characterful Sauvignon Blancs, whilst keeping the price reasonable. We also offer their fragrant, early drinking Pinot Noir - of which they produce less than 300 cases - which has built up a good following and tends to sell quite fast. The quality of their wines and the distinctive nature of their terroir has already demanded that the estate should have its own tiny, but official, geographical entity, Bamboes Bay. Previously the wines were made in Stellenbosch, but a winery has just been constructed right on the dockside in nearby Doring Bay - water-cooled!

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