Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France.
The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage (wide) and blanc (white) owing to its early origins as an indigenous grape in south-west France.
Known for it’s easy-drinking, dry but refreshing flavours, Sauvignon Blanc can be enjoyed on its own or paired with just about anything.
Neil Ellis Wines has highlighted some of its latest and most acclaimed Sauvignon Blancs.
Here is a breakdown of the two:
Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2017
In the cellar: The wine was left on the lees for months to enhance the structure, mouth-feel and complexity.
Tasting notes: Bright aromatics with lifted floral notes and subtle herbaceous overtones. The palate is elegant and textured with delicately detailed sweet tropical fruits, lively acidity, refined minerality and a long, flavoursome finish.
Retail price: R95-R110
Neil Ellis Amica 2017
In the cellar: The grapes were whole-bunch pressed using a Champagne pressing cycle to ensure that only the finest quality juice was used. The fermentation occurred naturally in 500-litre puncheons, of which only 20% was new. The wine spent nine months in barrel.
Tasting notes: White florals and fresh herbs are supported by notes of sweet stone fruits and honeysuckle, completed by a flinty minerality. Flavours of nectarine, lime and lemongrass; a creamy mouthfeel is complemented by gentle minerality and fresh acidity for a vibrant finish.
Retail price: R225-R275