Thanksgiving was just a week away when I realized that I had very little white wine to share. We had all of our kids and their spouses coming and another couple, along with their adults kids too. Most of which enjoy drinking wine. I continue to tell people about great South African wines as I keep trying new ones because they are great values based on the Ren and US Dollar exchange rate. I was able to score two cases of white wine from South Africa that had six each of this Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Chenin Blanc.
Pale color depth with an amber hue.
Aromatic and fruity with aromas of citrus, slight oak and lemon.
Dry, medium-bodied with balanced acidity and soft tannins. Rich mid-palate flavors felt on the rough of my mouth with a long finish.
How much: $27.00
Region/Appellation: Hermanus South Africa.
Aging: 10 months in new, second and third fill, 500 litre French oak barrels; regular, gentle bâtonnage (stirring the dead yeast to extract flavors).
I could see this Sauvignon Blanc paired with a creamy sauce or with smoked Cheddar cheese. I rated the 2011 Hermanuspietersfontein Nr. 5 Sauvignon Blanc three glasses. I’m told this vintage will show well in another year or two. I will keep a bottle and revise this blog after.
Life is too short to drink crappy wine. Expand your palate and keep trying.