Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2016


SKU 12930


Southern Right is a small production Sauvignon Blanc and Pinotage specialist located in the cool, maritime, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation of South Africa. Founded by Anthony Hamilton Russell in 1994, Southern Right's Sauvignon Blanc remains a local and international best seller with its classic, tight minerality complementing the prominent varietal fruit. It has been rated the best South African Sauvignon Blanc in the Wall Street Journal and has won numerous Gold and Silver Medals. The wines are named after the rare Southern Right whales, which frequent the cool South Atlantic Walker Bay, 3 kilometres from the vineyards. With each bottle sold, Southern Right makes a contribution to Southern Right whale conservation.

We tasted and loved this Sauvignon
B which is bright, juicy, and delicious with loads of aromatics and a long, clean, dry finish. It is super complex in the pricepoint for Sauvignon Blanc from anywhere in the world, and it truly gives the New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs at $15-20 a run for their money.
Category White Wine
Country South Africa
Region Walker Bay
Brand Southern Right
Alcohol/vol 13.7%
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Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Pinotage was matured in 10% new oak, this vintage seeing the introduction of 400-liter barrels with a light to medium-toast. This sample was actually showing a bit of reduction on the nose when I tasted it. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, slightly sinewy tannins compared to the 2015, veins of melted tar and licorice towards the somewhat "stocky" finish. Very fine, although it needs 2-3 years in bottle.

Neal Martin, April 2017