Available for around $14. Sample received courtesy DGB for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“The legend of Boschendal’s wines goes as far back as 1685.
A long, cool growing season allowed the Sauvignon Blanc grapes in mountainous areas of the coastal region to ripen slowly, bringing concentrated flavors to the fore. Commitment to optimum cellar conditions allowed the flavors to be retained in the wine, creating a Sauvignon Blanc with complexity and character. Flavors of tropical fruits and asparagus are complemented by a steely raciness characteristic of a multidimensional wine reflecting superb fruit quality.
Today’s wine will be the third we’ve tasted from Boschendal, and let’s just say the other two have set the bar pretty high. One was the Chardonnay that won The Chardonnay Showdown and other is aShiraz that has a spot on our current Top 10 list. Expectations were high and once again this South African winery delivered.
The 2009 Boschendal 1685 Sauvignon Blanc Grande Cuvée begins with pleasant aromas of tropical fruit, lime, and a good dose of fresh herbs along with a bit of grass. These same flavors carry over when tasting this creamy and smooth wine. I also enjoyed the spicy minerality that underlies the fruit and continues all the way through the medium-long finish. A very nice Sauvignon Blanc with great acidity, balance and complexity.
Other recommended buys from Boschendal:
2009 Boschendal 1685 Shiraz – A Perfectly Pleasing Pepper Party
2009 Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay – Hello, It’s Very Nice to Meet You
Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2010 – A One-Of-A-Kind Combo You’ll Want More Than Once
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 7.5
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