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January 30, 2009

Tops at Spar Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to the TOPS at Spar Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Tasting at the Mount Nelson (yes dear, they did serve in crystal) here. I took along a good friend, who appreciates wine and loves a night out where he can be just that tad posh.

Jane from Wine Magazine was kind enough to send the invite and we were both grateful for her kindness, as I have become a particular Sauvignon Blanc fan in the past year or so. Whilst I am not a huge fan of the ultra fruit bombs that some of the farms are now producing, I do love the variety that South Africa is producing and the different flavours from the areas of the West Coast, Elim, Constantia, etc…

Our tasting was hosted by David Nieuwoudt and he is potential stand-up material. Not only informative, he had us in stitches, especially when one of the audience noted he got the distinct hint of “gunflint” on the pallet.

Nieuwoudt purely commented that “Did you operate cannons as a child?”

Classic.

Ok, onto the wines…

Here is the list of wines we quaffed with no reserve and no, we didn’t spit. They were all just too good…

David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner 2008
Diemersdal Single Vineyard 2007
Graham Beck Pheasant’s Run 2008
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2007
Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2008
Kumkani Lanner Hill 2007
Rietvallei Special Select Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Strandveld Vineyards 2008
Tokara Elgin 2007
Woolworths Reserve 2007 (Groote Post)

Now the thing to note here is that some of these Sav Blancs are 2007’s – which means they have some ageing potential (albeit not for too long!).

The other thing to note is the regional diversity of the winners as well as confirmation of the fact that good Sav Blanc generally comes from cool climate growing area’s – in particular coastal regions.
Was it worth the R120 they are charging to be a part of this experience?

TOTALLY.

When is the next one?

Surepure Chenin Blanc Challenge is on the 12th of March, so get onto www.winemag.co.za and make sure you get your entry for this awesome event.

Can I please get another invite for 2 Jane? I loved this… (insert big puppy eyes here)

PS: My favorite was the Groote Post. Love that I can taste the West Coast in the bottle.

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