This South African white derives from one of the oldest wine farms in the Robertson region whose main production is Sauvignon Blanc. It boasts the classic herbaceous aromas of the varietal and characteristic crisp grapefuit and melon flavors. Excellent with fish and the perfect wine to take on a fresh green salad.
88 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"This easygoing white starts with a fresh nose of grapefruit, fig and flowers and leads into zesty but complex flavors of tropical fruit and citrus. Approachable and balanced, the wine will pair well with seafood and chicken dishes. S.K." (6/1/2009)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, very good to excellent, "Bright, pale yellow. Cool aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit, pepper and mint. Dense, chewy and saline, with good texture to the round but dry flavors of lime, melon and fresh herbs. Could use a bit more lift and intensity, but there's interesting minerality lurking. Finishes chewy and spicy, with a slight harshness."
Savor this wine with an appetizer of oysters spiked with fresh lime and chili. Pair it with grilled poultry or fish for a sumptuous feast.
Talk about coastal fog and breezes, sweeping slopes and valleys, and rich soils and you could be talking about practically any well-known wine region. Call to mind curries, pungent chutneys, rich, grilled meats and fish seasoned with tumeric, allspice and cumin, you can only be talking about one place — South Africa. Mention an incredible value for a highly-rated white wine, and you must be talking about the 2008 Rietvallei Estate Wine, Robertson Sauvignon Blanc.
In the past, South African wines have been appreciated only by those “in-the-know” and those not afraid to stray from their American or European favorites. If you have yet to taste South African Sauvignon Blanc, now’s the time to embrace its unique character. Aside from showing an extraordinary value when compared to California Sauvignon Blanc or those from France’s Loire Valley, the 2008 Rietvallei delivers far more in the way of personality. In fact, when it came to choosing a southern hemisphere Sauvignon Blanc, we chose the Rietvallei even over its competition from New Zealand!
One sip of this release and you won’t be able to live without it. Known for its herbal bouquet that has been likened to anything from fresh-cut herbs to a newly-mown lawn, Sauvignon Blanc possesses more than just a lively nose. Depending on where it’s grown, its unbridled palate releases luscious pineapple, melon and passion-fruit flavors with a snappy acidity that makes it a food-lover’s favorite.
Unlike most southern hemisphere Sauvignon Blanc makers, the South Africans are not afraid to use oak (probably a credit to their French Huguenot ancestors). The nose is exhilarating with fresh herbal scents. The mouth is lively with passion-fruit and melon flavors. A crisp, dry acidity sparks the palate making this white a veritable soul mate for charcoal-grilled fish and meat. Don’t wait until everyone catches wind of the extraordinary value South African Sauvignon Blanc brings. Be among the first to discover it for yourself.