Wild Air Sauvignon Blanc: one of South Africa's finest

wild air

I was really impressed by this South African Sauvignon. Available in the UK from agent Indigo Wines: retail is c £20 and stockists include The Sampler, Highbury Vintners. Vincognito, Handford and Honest Grapes.

Wild Air Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa
12.5% alcohol. Collaboration between Ben Henshaw of Indigo Wine and Hannes Storm. Grapes are from the Vrede vineyard in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Most of the vineyard is planted with Pinot Noir, but there is a small section of 20-year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines, growing on low-vigour, stony, clay-rich shale soils. Winemaking is hands-off, using a basket press, fermenting with natural yeasts, mostly in old 228-litre French oak and a small part in tank. The wine rests on the lees for 6 months and a quarter of it completes full malo. 1500 bottles filled. Really textural and fresh with nice weight to the lemony fruit with fine spices and a touch of grapefruit, as well as a hint of fennel. It’s a paradox of a wine with richness and freshness at the same time. Lovely acidity. 93/100

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