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WBW #47 – Brought to you by the letter ‘S’

July 9, 2008

Another Wine Blogging Wednesday, this time hosted by fellow Canadian wine bloggers Erin & Michelle from Grape Juice.

The themes have been getting more creative, and this is one of the best yet. For the 47th edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, the theme is ‘Today’s Wine Brought To You By The Letter S‘. Not surprisingly, I chose to go with a South African Sauvignon Blanc.

So let’s see. Brought to you by the letter ‘S’. OK, there are lots of ways I could do this. Technically, since my last name begins with ‘S’, any wine I write about is ‘brought to you by the letter S’. But semantics aside, let’s see what’s out there.

I could go for a wine from Spain or South Africa. All of South America would work, as would South Australia, or Sicily. As for grapes, we have Syrah, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Sangiovese, and so on and so on.

I’m sure it will come as a huge shock to learn that I chose to go with a South African Sauvignon Blanc, the 2007 vintage of the First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc. Composed of 92% Sauvignon Blanc with 8% Semillon, it’s made by Strandveld Vineyards.

The winery is located south of Elim, and boasts of being the southernmost winery in Africa, just on the edge of Africa’s southernmost point (Cape Agulhaas).

So it’s South African Sauvignon Blanc (with a touch of Semillon) from Stranveld Vineyards, the southernmost winery in Africa (and it’s in the Southern Hemisphere).

I think that says it all. It really is brought to us by the letter ‘S’.

The wine itself shows a beautiful nose, with lots of herbs and some very crisp flint, and with noticeable acidity (a surprise to me). In the glass, it displayed a very pale golden colour,  with almost a silver sheen to it. Not surprisingly it showed off loads of crispness in the mouth. I picked up more herbs and some interesting fruit flavours with a strong mineral backbone. Lots of gooseberries too. The label refers to flavours of figs and some unknown South African herbs as well. The finish was a lot longer and richer than I expected (perhaps due to the Semillon?).

I served this up with lemon & rosemary grilled chicken, tabbouleh and the last of this season’s local asparagus. It paired beautifully with the food (thanks to the acidity and that long finish) and was beyond perfect.

For $17, this is a winner in my books. Word has it that the MLCC warehouse is running very low on their stocks of this wine, so be sure to pick some up before the end of summer. You won’t find it on the shelves of your local MLCC though, it’s only available in the ‘Fine Wine’ section of the store.

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2 comments

  1. […] from Wine in the ‘Peg (Winnepeg for our southern friends) got a-hold of some 2007 “South African Sauvignon Blanc (with a touch of Semillon) from Stranveld Vineyards, the southernmost winery in Africa (and it’s […]


  2. I’m not a fan of Semillon, but you might make me reconsider!



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