Cape Point Vineyards Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Review

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For a country famed for its Chenin Blanc it may come as a surprise that Cape Point Vineyards in South Africa’s Cape has won oodles of medals and accolades for its Sauvignon Blanc. Praise and prizes have come from the likes of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, the Decanter World Wine Awards, The International Wine Challenge, and The International Wine and Spirits Competition… and the list goes on!

The winery’s Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is a hit with lovers of this classic varietal, and they are often pleasantly surprised that it tickles their taste buds so well. Sauvignon Blanc reaches its best expression in cool climate regions and Cape Point Vineyards is located in a spot that is in the path of two famous chilling winds. The Benguela current flows up from Antarctica and the south-easterly “Cape Doctor” (so named for its modifying effect on an otherwise hot climate) both cool down coastal areas sufficiently to enable Sauvignon Blanc growth. Cape Point Vineyards location a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean provides a maritime climate of misty mornings and cloudy days that are ideal for zesty, mineral-rich Sauvignon Blanc.

Part of the Cape Peninsula Wine of Origin (W.O.) designation, the family-owned winery harnesses these cooling breezes and a mineral-rich terroir from ancient mountain soils to produce high-quality, good-value Sauvignon Blanc that is at home on any table for any occasion.

Tasting Notes

Appearance

Pale, clear, and bright with a slight lemon-green tint.

Bouquet

There is a fruity blast of citrus with grapefruit and lime leading the way. I also got elderflower and grassy tones with a touch of green bell pepper and a distinct minerality.

Palate

Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc displays all the best features of the South African take on this grape. It is fruity but with the perfect balance of zest and the gentle tropical warmth this region’s wines are known for. Racy citrus is beautifully hemmed in by quiet pineapple, lychee, and melon on the mouth while lovely mineral notes glitter throughout. Cut grass and herby notes add a crisp edge to wine that is gently and deliciously complex. Dry with mouth-watering acidity and a slightly viscous texture, this smooth, medium body wine closes with a fresh, vibrant finish,

This Sauv Blanc proves that even when there is a lot going on in your glass of wine can be deliciously easy drinking.

Food Pairing

Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc is a versatile food wine so dig out your favorite recipes and get cooking! It goes well with lightly-seasoned dishes like oysters, prawns, and grilled fish. Sushi is also a good match for this food-friendly wine as are simply-flavored pizzas like a Margherita. If spicy Asian cuisine is your thing, this Sauvignon Blanc partners perfectly and light meats such as chicken and pork also match well. A platter f goat’s cheese and herby varieties are also perfect pairings.

Readiness for Drinking

Chill to 10 °C and pull the cork on Stonehaven Sauvignon Blanc now while its zest is at its best!

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