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 reviews:

Tim Atkin:
“Increasingly Bordeaux-like in terms of structure and flavour, Sam O’Keefe’s judiciously wooded Sauvignon is savoury, smoky and toasty, with 10% concrete eggs adding interest to its textured, nettley, spicy palate. The oak is beautifully integrated here. Drink 2017-21.' 94 points

The Wine Advocate: “The 2016 Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc, which was in 500-litre barrels and one concrete egg for nine months, has a lovely, quite complex bouquet of melted wax, crushed stone and grilled walnut scents; hints of gooseberry develop with time. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, delivering a satisfying citric attack with plenty of salinity on the brisk finish. Excellent.' 91 points

Jancis Robinson (Richard Hemming): “Sweet spices, yellow citrus, waxy and open with no hardness or greenness. A little oxidative on the finish but more sophisticated than most Sauvignon Blanc. “ 16.5 points

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