Wine Concepts annual Sauvignon festival at the elegant Vineyard Hotel is always a treat. Wine Concepts, the local Cape Town wine retailers are an excellent source of quality wines in good condition and they always put on professional and fun events. This event was all about Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
First up, South Hill from the exciting Elgin region. An excellent region for cool climate, piercing Sauvignon Blanc. Their Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is pale straw with typical South Hill green nettles and gooseberries and fresh on the palate. Their Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 is pale ruby with the nose musky and shy but nice chewy black currents on the palate.
Springfield, the fine Robertson producer’s Life from Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is very pale with gooseberries and asparagus on the nose and quite dominant acids. Their Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is medium ruby with soft black currents on the nose and a lovely soft palate.
Now onto Iona from Elgin. A producer that turns out some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc in both Elgin and SA. Their Sauvignon’s can really age. At least ten years. Their Sauvignon Blanc 2012 is very pale with gooseberries on the nose and firm palate with good balance. The typical Iona minerality is not evident in this wine yet but it will come.
Steenberg, the renowned white wine and Sauvignon Blanc producers in Constantia produce some really pungent, concentrated wines. Their Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2011 with a little time in the bottle is pale straw with the nose shy but a hint of nettles and a wonderfully pungent palate.
Thelema Mountain Vineyards are renowned for their both their Sauvignon Blanc and their Cabernet Sauvignon. I would give the edge to their outstanding Cabernet. Their Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is pale straw with gooseberries on the nose and the same on the palate. The “Mint” Cabernet Sauv 2010 is deep ruby with the nose minty and the same on the palate.
Finally, onto one of the wines of the evening. The very cool region Lomond Sugarbush Sauvignon Blanc
2012 is medium straw with tremendous intensity of flavours. An outstanding Sauvignon Blanc.
All in the entire event proved a lovely evening. The dominant flavours as suggested by the title were gooseberries for the Sauvignon Blanc’s and black currents for the Cabernet Sauvignons. But of course, this assessment is an over simplification and does not reveal the full range of flavours achieved by these two varietals in South Africa. Overall, I thought that the Sauvignon Blanc’s on offer showed better than the Cabernet Sauvignons. But this is simply due to the fact that there were more Sauvignon Blanc’s on offer at the event and so they had the better chance to show what Sauvignon Blanc is capable of in the SA wine scene.