SA winemakers ensure sauv blanc stays cool
The case for this white wine is that it is fresh and food-friendly
I’m not often tempted to write about sauvignon blanc. Perhaps I’ve felt inspired to do so because the liquor lockdown has been lifted. Perhaps after three weeks of solid rain in Gauteng, the idea of sunny skies and sauvignon blanc is a compelling fantasy.
The case for sauvignon blanc is that it is fresh and food-friendly, generally (though not necessarily) undemanding, inexpensive to produce, generally affordably priced and it meets the expectations of most everyday white-wine drinkers.
Exactly those features that make sauvignon appealing can also count against it. Its easy-going freshness means it’s often simple; most executions lack vinosity. Many of the unwooded examples fail to deliver dimension and nuance. While not all of them are brash, very few are engaging. Generally they are like cocktail party conversations: interesting at the time, but rarely life-changing...