Ghost Corner Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2016
The unequivocal nigh-on-paradigm-shifting highlight of the Old Mutual Wine Trophy Tasting. And it’s hardly surprising, given that David Nieuwoudt is practically the Rain Man of South African Sauvignon Blanc.
He has made SavvyBee on two continents, and under at least three labels in South Africa alone. Aside from Cederberg, Driekhoek and Ghost Corner, he also co-owns Longavi wines in Chile, and consults with winemakers around the world. He’s Ron Burgundy at a pool party. But back to what’s in the bottle.
👃🏼 A delightfully bipolar schnozz of serious green pepper, gooseberries, and grassy elements, followed by more whimsical sweeter melon fruit.
👄 Palate presents in reverse order with lovely sweeter honeydew melon up front, segueing into a tardy but explosive tail end of herbal cut grass complications. An insane sensory journey.
📝 50% cold crushed. 8hrs skin contact. Barrel fermented, with 10 months’ barrel maturation.
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Tasted this at DryDock in Joburg. Insane.
Lovely. Try get hold of his Longavi stuff, too.