If you are looking for a wine which is exceptional value but easy to drink then this is for you, rated by South African wine critic John Platter as “Super Quaffer of the Year” this is bright and approachable and perfect to sip on a sunny day and very food friendly too. Coming from a small winery called Zorgvliet (pronounced SORG-fleet, which roughly translates to ‘no worries’) in Banghoek between the premium areas of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Winemaker Bernard Le Roux is a young and upcoming talent who is passionate about the estate’s vineyards as well as its cellar. Grapes are grown on the steep slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in vineyards that are among the highest in Stellenbosch, 320-540m above sea level on thin, decomposed granite soils. The cool sea breeze of the Cape has a strong influence on the vines which have produced this very zingy, fresh and elegant style of Sauvignon.
The wines are from site-specific single vineyards and are elegant expressions of this unique mountain terroir, all crafted in the cellar, one of the most technologically advanced cellars in South Africa. Zorgvliet are striving towards an environmentally green approach to their vineyards, the team is passionate in delivering elegant wines with minimal intervention that evoke the unique mountain terroir.
Light yellow in colour with hints of lime green, the nose shows wonderful aromas of greener tropical fruit such as green melon, kiwi fruit and fig. This character is true to the Banghoek terroir – lots of gooseberry zip, linear, crisp and racy. This is a mouth filling wine with firm acidity leading to a multi-layered complex palate showing distinct mineral and fig flavours on the finish.
This wine would make a lovely pairing for squid and prawn skewers cooked on the BBQ or light summer salads such as prawn and avocado.