Elgin Ridge 282 Sauvignon Blanc, biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc, part barrel fermented and aged, rich and soft with freshness green apples and zingy acid to balance the creamy texture. A fabulous wine of outstanding value. Brian Smith is achieving the near impossible of making biodynamic Sauvignon in SA that tastes amazing and is sourced from fruit on his own small farm. The flavours are deep and complex, the balance is excellent and the Sauvignon Blanc crispness is beautifully interwoven with oak. The yields are low and so the abv is high but you don’t taste or feel it. An authentic and well crafted biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc at £13.95, I must be dreaming!
The 2016 ‘282’ Sauvignon Blanc, so named due to the apparent ideal elevation to create cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc in the Eglin Valley, actually goes a long way toward proving that point. It has a wonderful nose of freshly sliced pear, melon, gooseberry and subtle tropical aromas. Those are replicated on the palate, which is fresh, well balanced and offers enticing gooseberry, nectarine, satsuma and mandarin notes. This is a top-notch Elgin Sauvignon that is drinking beautifully now, but should give four or five years of drinking pleasure.
Neil Martin, www.vinous.com
|Production Method||Biodynamic, Natural, Organic|
|Producer||Elgin Ridge - Brian Smith|
|Wine Type||Dry White Wine|
|Wine Style||Full bodied|
|Maturation||Oak barrels, partly new for approx one year|
|Total Sulphur||54 mg/litre|
|Annual Production||10 - 20,000 bottles|
|Ageing Potential||5-8 years|
|Food Matching||Antipasti, Light Dishes and Salads, Oily Fish|