Sauvignon of the sea

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019
Malu Lambert

South African Sauvignon Blanc is made in a diverse range of styles, from the zingy, herbaceous to the more tropical as well as the wooded styles. There’s another category emerging; wines grown and vinified by the sea display a distinct salinity.

The name Sauvignon Blanc means ‘wild white’ as it once grew wild in the South of France—and now with vineyards on the edge of the Atlantic, wild white meets wild seas for a flavour profile utterly unique to the tip of Africa.

This perceived salinity tastes of fresh seaweed, a steely minerality, and the umami of kelp. The Bamboes Bay Sauvingon Blanc 2016 from Fryer’s Cove does all of this and more. It’s a wine I would travel to the edge of the world for—and in some ways I have.  Fryer’s Cove Winery is located on the West Coast, approximately a four-hour drive from Cape Town to Doringbaai (Doring gone I joked on the way there…)

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