87% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Semillon
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Double Gold Michelangelo Awards SA 2022: Gold Medal Veritas SA competition: 4 Stars Platters SA Guide 2022
This aptly named Strandveld First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Southern most winery in South Africa. The vineyards are just 9 kilometres from the sea, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean off Cape Agulhas.
The wonderfully fresh and elegant herbaceous aromas of tropical fruit and citrus get your attention. Strandveld First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc has a beautiful balance of crisp, fresh minerally Sauvignon Blanc flavours. At the same time it is complex, mouth-filling and very long. A great value, classy Sauvignon.
This is cool climate Sauvignon Blanc and not dissimilar to a Sancerre. It has 5 months on its lees, which gives it the full, refined flavours. The combination of around 12 – 14% Semillon in the final blend of this Sauvignon Blanc is hardly detectable, but adds depth and texture.
Sauvignon Blanc often improves with a little bottle age and this wine is a great example and will be drinking well through to 2025. A consistent award-winning wine – the 2021 vintage received;
Double Gold Medal at Michelangelo Awards 2021: Gold Medal: Veritas Awards SA 2021 : Platinum Award/95+ points: SAWI 2021 and 4 Stars: Platter’s Wine Guide 2022
“This 2021 vintage is wonderfully refreshing with a tropical and citrus fruit nose, a full crisp palate with expressive notes and minerality.” Platters Wine Guide 2022: 4 Stars
“Exotic, peachy and waxy with hints of candied lemon and grapefruit on the finish. Has a nice full-bodied texture.” 2020 Vintage: 91 Points; Decanter Silver Medal 2021: Drink 2021 – 2025
“Genuine lively, fresh nettle and elderflower aromas. Very typical and expressive with cool climate Sauvignon notes. Super balance on the fresh yet powerful palate.” 96 Points. Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 – 2018 vintage
“Displays genuinely lively fresh nettle and elderflower aromas. Very expressive wine with typical cool-climate grass and white citrus notes and a wonderfully balanced palate that is both intense and fresh, with seriously persistent length and focus. Drink this in its first year or two for the extra freshness and vigour.” Greg Sherwood MW. 93 points: Drink 2019 – 2022 (2018 vintage) Highly Recommended
At almost 35 degrees below the equator, the maritime climate has below average temperatures for the Cape. Here, the winds can be so strong that vineyard workers find it hard to stand up! “Strandveld” refers to the coastal belt of land which spans the coastline around Africa’s tempestuous southernmost tip at Cape Agulhas. It is characterised by severe wind, mist and cool temperatures. This confluence of maritime climate, varying site and soil types create the diversity of terroir that distinguishes the wines of Strandveld Vineyards. We are great fans of this vineyard and also stock their First Sighting Shiraz,
Conrad Vlok, winemaker at Strandveld since 2004, focuses on producing excellent quality grapes in this cool climate. Yields are low, the grapes ripen slowly and the berries are small; as a result the wines have intense flavours. The 69 hectares estate and winery was established in 2001, and already the winery has achieved many awards.
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