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2013 Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc 

Western Cape, South Africa

Retail $15

In the 1990s, Johan Reyneke took over his family farm in the Polkadraai Hills in the heart of South Africa's Cape winelands, where the 91-acre estate overlooks Stellenbosch to the east and False Bay to the south. He implemented organic farming practices and later made it the first and only certified biodynamic estate in South Africa. Growing is herbicide-, pesticide- and fungicide-free and the estate produces its own fertilizer and compost. Vines root into sandy loam soils on degraded granite and clay. The result is small bunches of small, intensely flavored grapes with a high skin-to-pulp ratio and high acidity. In the cellar, wild yeasts are used during low-temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks. For six months, the wine matures on its lees before racking and bottling. The well-balanced wine is closer to the style of a French Sancerre than New Zealand's Marlborough sauvignon blanc, but it has elements similar to both. In the glass, it offers aromas of herbs and lime zest. On the palate, taste stone fruit, citrus, apple peel, alluring minerality and lively acidity. Drink is as an aperitif or with gazpacho, shellfish, salads, sushi, vegetables, Asian cuisines and soft cheeses. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co.

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