Stellenbosch, South Africa; 12.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 4 Apr
I had avoided this older white for a while, but I finally got it one day when I forgot to check the vintage :), out of curiosity about a South African Sauvignon Blanc. It turns out it was a good bet.
On the first day open, the wine showed decent tropical yellow fruit, with significant green bell pepper / asparagus (to use the word on the back label) component, and some restraining minerality.
On the second day, it tasted much better, showing more forward and integrated flavors of light mango, golden kiwi, yellow melon, still with the green bell pepper / asparagus, lemony acid, and mildly textured minerality. The fruit is ripe and supple, slightly buttery (partial malolactic fermentation?), but also nicely acid, somewhat like the balance in some Californian Sauvignon Blancs, but the flavors are not very Californian. Anyway, I recommend it if you’re not too averse to vegetal flavors and especially if you’re also curious about a South African Sauvignon Blanc. It was still good on the third day open.