Rustenberg has been producing South African wines since 1682 – a long and rich tradition. By 1781, the winery made 3,000 cases. The estate was purchased in 1941 by Pamela and Peter Barlow and has remained in the family ever since.
This 2013 Sauvignon Blanc offers freshness, acidity and balance with upfront fruit. The wine offers hints of green pepper, gooseberry and even asparagus. The altitude and location next to Simonsberg Mountain combine with a west facing slope. The grapes are full flavored and tropical in style. No oak is used in the production of the wine.
Spring of 2013 brought later ripening and a cool growing season. The wine is medium bodied, elegant and crisp with 13.56 ABV. There are underlying notes of passion fruit and pineapple. This is a perfect wine for a hot summer day, alone or accompanying a meal. It is imported by Indigo Wine Group, Venice, Fl. Visit www.rustenberg.co.za.
Two lovely white wines we’d like to share for summer sipping are the Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2014, a great reflection of New Zealand’s Malrlborough terrain. Stone fruit and citrus flavors are completed by tropical notes . The wine is 13%ABV and is imported in the U.S. by Pasternak Wine Imports.
The second, from South Africa, lends itself to an after dinner drink thanks to its richness and sweetness. It is the Nederburg 2011 Special Late Harvest. Nederburg has been making wines since 1791 a great heritage. This wine is full of rich dried fruit aromas such as apricot and raisin, acidity and also has more than a few honey notes. It lends itself so savoring and enjoying at the end of the meal. It is a blend of Muscat d’ Frontignan. Chenin Blanc, Weisser Riesling and Gewurtztraminer.
From hillsides overlooking the Loire, Paul Buisse Winery produces this 100% Sauvignon Blanc, fruity and fresh, with scents of white blossoms and beeswax. Round and full-bodied, it reflects the winery’s respect for tradition and use of contemporary winemaking techniques.
This is the fourth generation to create wines from the clay and limestone soil here, celebrating 100 years. The wine is dry, lively, fruit-forward and fresh, and domaine has been called one of the best in the Touraine appellation. It is available from Cape Classics, www.capeclassics.com.
Summer’s the time for crisp white wines and this lovely Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre 2013 from Saget La Perriere is an outstanding way to celebrate the season. It’s from the Loire Valley in France where the family-owned winery is now in its ninth generation.
You’ll think of summer flowers as you sip this Sauvignon Blanc with its minerality, hints of citrus fruits and bright golden hue. This is a wine that pairs well with seafood and shellfish, but also makes a marvelous glass by itself. The grapes are harvested by hand and mechanically each fall.
The caves of La Perriere were carved 200 million years ago and provide the perfect spot to age the wines from the estate’s 106 acres. This Sancerre is 12.5 ABV.
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May 16 is Sauvignon Blanc Day although we like to celebrate Sauvignon Blanc on warm Spring days, and also hot Summer days and through the Fall and Winter! These beautiful sippers include a range – from France’s Loire Valley to far away New Zealand, with aothers from Chile.
They are expressions of their winemakers’ approach to the grapes and each is lovely, crisp and delicious in its own way. In France, the Saget La Perriére wines come from a ninth generation owned and managed winery that seeks to explore the best expressions of the grape. Domaine de la Perriére Sancerre 2013 has no added yeast and is aged three months on fine lees, bottled and aged three more months.
In contrast, a ‘sister’ wine, La Petite Perriére Sauvignon Blanc has special yeasts chosen for their Sauvignon Blanc qualities added, ages on the lees and is bottled and sold for optimal freshness. All four are imported by Pasternak Wine.
The Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc 2013 comes from the Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Lafite) estate in Chile in the Casablanca region where a cold spring and early summer led to a late harvest. The grapes were sorted before being chilled and macerated for several hours. To preserve aroma, they were fermented at low temperatures.
New Zealand is home to numerous Sauvignon Blanc producers and Dashwood creates wines that reflect the Marlborough region. The wines are certified as NZ Sustainable. Dashwood seeks to preserve the deep aromatic and sparkling structure of the wine, keeping the fruit as cool as possible to retain it bright, fresh flavors. Gentle crushing and cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks help retain those characteristics of the fruit.
Try all four – compare and contrast – they differ from one another but are all Sauvignon Blanc – let’s celebrate it!
Brancott’s new Flight Song line of wines offers 20 percent less alcohol and fewer calories for a lighter, yet still extremely flavorful drinking experience. Grapes come from selected vineyards and the winemakers combine their experience with research to create this wine range described as “typically Marlborough.” True to its style, the initial ’12 vintage won a Gold Medal at the New Zealand International Wine Show.
This vintage offers fruity notes such as pink grapefruit and passion fruit but it’s the well balanced lemon acidity that makes it a winner.