Lismore, Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc, Cape South Coast 2016

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Lismore, Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc, Cape South Coast 2016

21.50

Even if you don't normally wear a hat, go out and buy one and then take it off to Sam O'Keefe, the one-woman-band responsible for Lismore Estate. Like a frontierswoman from days of old, she established the first, and so far only, wine farm in the remote ward of Greyton, 40 miles west of Stellenbosch. Not only is it one of the most beautiful wine estates we have ever visited, Sam also makes some of the most distinctive wines coming out of South Africa today. She's a true 'spit and sawdust' pioneer and deserves every credit for turning a mountainside into a bountiful fruit basket. Her Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is barrel-fermented, which performs several tasks at the same time (much like Sam herself), calming the screechy aromatics of precocious Sauvignon Blanc, integrating the oak flavours seamlessly and bringing a creamy texture to the wine itself. It’s an effortlessly stylish white and no wonder that British Airways snapped some up for their First Class cabins. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2022.


Press review:

Vinous (Neal Martin): “The 2017 Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc was matured 75% in 500-litre barrels and 25% in concrete eggs. This has a more vivacious and slightly more fruit-driven bouquet of yellow plum and light nectarine notes, complemented by touches of crushed stone and gooseberry. Perhaps one of the finest Sauvignon Blanc aromatics I have encountered this vintage. The palate is well balanced with gorgeous orange peel, light black currant and gooseberry notes, just about perfect acidity and a very precise, long finish. It is an outstanding follow-up to the 2016, perhaps even better.” 93 points

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