When a producer as celebrated and respected as Eben Sadie tells you that this is South Africa’s finest Sauvignon Blanc you tend to sit up and take notice. The country’s Sauvignons have often lacked the aromatic purity that the best New Zealand examples possess but this wine completely blows away that perception. The bouquet displays intense notes of elderflower and gooseberry but then another dimension comes into play, a pronounced aroma of passion fruit and other tropical fruit which is incredibly beguiling and fascinating.
On the palate there is more of the same but above all there is a lovely harmony, an acidity which is fresh but never tart and a purity to the fruit which remains crystalline right through to the long finish. There is a dash of Semillon in the blend which imparts a degree of waxy, citrus richness but it is beautifully integrated with the Sauvignon. A truly magnificent wine.Cape Point Vineyards
Cape Point Sauvignon Blanc has been hailed by no less an authority than Eben Sadie as the finest South African Sauvignon, and we have secured a small allocation of it. It is grown at the tip of the Cape Peninsula where the Atlantic Ocean meets False Bay and thus has an average temperature up to 10 degrees cooler than Stellenbosch, thus ideally suited to the production of aromatic white wines. There is a lot of less-stirring to add complexity and 20% of the blend is barrel-fermented.
Jancis Robinson’s tasting note sums it up well. Complex and sophisticated South African Sauvignon with potential to age beautifully. "Tastes just like a Graves. Very punchy and direct with a bone-dry finish but lots of sleek fruit beforehand." - Jancis Robinson.com
From the eponymous peninsula at the southern tip of South Africa, Cape Point's majestic Sauvignon Blanc is worth the many plaudits and awards its received in the last couple of years. Deep and pure with the variety's classic verdant-meets-tropical sharpness.
(David Williams - The 20 Best Summer Wines - The Guardian - 15-Jun-2013)