MLCC Bin End Sale Update

April 11, 2005

The latest find from the MLCC’s bin-end sale is…(drum roll please)

Buitenverwachting 2002 Sauvignon Blanc (South Africa)

Extra points if you can pronounce it. But don’t waste your time trying – just hustle down to your local MLCC and pick up a bottle of it for $12.99. As my partner-in-wine put it so bluntly; “That’s a f***ing Sauvignon Blanc!”. And she’s so right (as usual!)

It’s a pale golden-green (anyone remember that Wonderstuff song?) in the glass. The nose is flint, minerals and a bit of grass. In the mouth, it showed off crisp grapefruit, hints of lime and an underlying layer of delicious minerals and herbs. In short, your typical South African Sauvignon Blanc. But like many of the Cape’s finest Sauvignon Blancs, it’s not for the faint of heart. Try only this if you love the grape.

What I like most about South African Sauvignon Blancs is how they take the best characteristics of French Sauvignon Blanc (minerals, smoke) and combine it with the beautiful sharp grass and citrus flavours I find in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. But in some ways, I prefer South Africa’s combination of the two to either of the other flavour profiles. Given that South Africa sells for less than the Loire or New Zealand, I’m perfectly happy with that. And it’s worth noting for anyone who loves the grape. Your Canadian dollar will go further with the fruit of a South African vine.

And I will go ten rounds in a no-holds barred cage match with anyone who doesn’t think that the Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc (Elgin or Groenkloof) is the best in the world.

Line up now.


  1. Just found your blog for the first time…very nice indeed.

    Keep up the good work…and if it’s okay with you, I’m going to link to you from my blog, LENNDEVOURS.

  2. Absolutely! And I’ll return the favour as well!

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