I’d ‘blind tasted’ this wine earlier this year. When I say blind taste, I meant sat back and enjoyed the disguised bottle until the label was revealed to be a Sauv Blanc.
Needless to say, I didn’t take any notes. But I did remember wanting to take the rest of the bottle home. We finished it. So I only just got around to getting another bottle that didn’t need a brown bag or sharing.
Very very pale in colour – almost clear, with a medium plus intensity. Citrus (lime, lemon), herbaceous (peppers, leaves), green apples. All of these repeat on the palate, with the addition of a little tropical fruit. Dry, light bodied, with a medium plus lemon peel finish. A delightful sip at a very affordable price!
Vini + Viti:
A combo of higher altitude Simonsberg, Faure near False Bay, and cool climate Elgin grapes. Hand harvested, lees rich cold fermentation, gently pressed, cold fermentation in Inox, and lightly filtered.
Balance (1) + Length (1) + Intensity (1) + Complexity (½) = A good wine.
Can be drunk now, not suitable for further ageing…and why would you want to – it’s delicious right now.
Jikken Bareru means Experimental Barrels in Japanese. These wines form part of the Fledge & Co second label and include a Riesling, Steen and Mataro. Only 5796 bottles of this SB were produced. Let’s hope that more Riesling was made, because I’m keen to get my hands on all of the wines in this range.