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WOTW: Bloemendal Suider-Terras Sauvignon Blanc, 2014

In A Nutshell: A modern classic, one of South Africa’s most-celebrated Sauvignons.

The Producer: Stunning, world-class Sauvignon Blanc has put the Bloemendal Wine Estate firmly on the map as a sought after producer among world wines. Situated in the heart of picturesque Durbanville just 30 minutes north of Cape Town, the 239 hectare Estate includes Kanonberg Mountain. This hilltop has amazing views of Table Mountain, False Bay, Stellenbosch, Swartland and beyond. It is here on the Southern Slope or ‘Suider-Terras’ where the vineyards are planted with French cultivars, predominantly Sauvignon Blanc.

The Wine: Three successive pickings from the fabled Suider Terras block stretching over a two week period, allowed for lots with both punchy aromatics and luscious texture. Fermented took place in a combination of 500 litre French oak and concrete tanks; the lots were blended in April and aged in barrel for ten months

Tasting Note: A vibrant golden hue with green core, the wine explodes with the characteristics of fynbos, chalk, limes and herbs. A robust wine built for serious ageing and development. Made for pairing with good food and will age between 7-10 yrs.

Out of Africa: The Hallgarten Buying Team Heads To South Africa In Search of New Wines – Day 3

Bloemendal is proving troublesome. The satnav and the iPad both tell us it’s right next door to Durbanville Racecourse, but the roads are closed for tree feeling and we find ourselves lapping the perimeter of the track over and over. But by following the line of the Kanonberg Mountain we eventually find our way there. Continue reading Out of Africa: The Hallgarten Buying Team Heads To South Africa In Search of New Wines – Day 3