John Platter writes the foremost guide annually about South African wines. It’s in the Platter’s Guide where you’ll find the glowing, multiple-year reviews of one of South Africa’s most noteworthy, almost cult-worthy wines — the Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc.
It hasn’t been an easy road for either South African wines nor the Mulderbosch estate. The Dutch originally colonized the area as a provisions stop at the Cape of Good Hope and established some vineyards. But centuries later the South African country was still embroiled in political turmoil and the international wine market had not yet developed substantially.
So when Larry Jacobs bought his vineyard land that had laid fallow for a century, and hired winemaker Mike Dubrovic to build some great wines, they had no idea that 20 years later they would both be known as the creators of South Africa’s best white wine.
This racy bottling single-handedly put South Africa on the map as a source of world class Sauvignon Blanc. One of the Cape’s most heralded and sought-after wines, it garners 90+ scores vintage after vintage. Vivid tropical fruit aromas give way to succulent, mouth-filling flavors of guava, lychee, gooseberry, lime, and fresh cut grass, supported by a bracing jolt of acidity. — 90 Points, Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
This wine has a strength not present in the mineral-laden Loire Valley examples. It has a broad and dynamic personality not found in the more sedate California Sauv Blancs. The fruit is more tempered and mature than the Northwest entries. It compares closely with the intensity of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines, but you’ll discover a vein of spice hiding out. It all combines into a wine that will dance with seafood and shellfish dishes.
This wine is regularly sold for $21.99
- Visit the Mulderbosch winery website
- Explore the WOSA site (Wines of South Africa!)
- A great history of South Africa wines is available at Vineyard Varieties online.
- Or find a complete history of South Africa at sahistory.org
- Find plenty of South African Wine information at Wikipedia
- Read the Salut profile of the Loire Valley, where much of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world is produced.
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