Sauvignon Blanc

Made reductively in order to maximize the fruit personality of the vintage, the 2016 shows more marked fruit aromatics than usual, while maintaining the typical Southern Right balance of Old World minerality and length with hints of New World palate coverage and body. 2016 is a wine that favours origin expressive individuality, minerality and palate complexity ahead of pure, pungent varietal aroma. A significant percentage of fruit from clay-rich soil has added an intense mid-palate structural component and addition overall complexity to this wine.

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Soil :

Soil Table Mountain Sandstone derived soil: 67%, Clay-rich shale derived soil: 33%

Alcohol :


Acid :

6.3 g/l

pH :


RS :

1.80 g/l

Barrel maturation :


Fruit Origin :

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 23% Other Walker Bay 77%

Yield :

6.00 tons/ha, 40 hl/ha

Production :

10 456 cases of 12 bottles equivalent

Release date :

September 2016

Growing Season

2016 was another unusually early and short harvest – almost exactly the same timing as 2015. But as is wonderfully the case with nature, the character of the 2016’s is surprisingly different to the 2015’s. For the winelands in general, the story was of excessive heat and extreme dryness. But this was not the case for our appellation, the Walker Bay. Close proximity to the cool South Atlantic kept the maximum temperatures in line and we also benefitted from timely rain from the southeast, which seldom reaches the warmer inland areas. January was quite a bit warmer than our long-term average (the same as for 1998 and 2011) but it was not drier than average. And the crucial month of February was wetter than average without being warmer – as was March. Our main dam was almost full at the end of harvest. A relatively warm December, followed by a hot January was probably the main factor in making 2016 an early year. High humidity did create some anxiety – less over downy mildew – more over oidium – so it will be remembered as a more challenging year than 2015, but the resulting wines for the classicists and purists will perhaps be seen as more typical of our style.

89 - Wine Spectator

The Wall Street Journal listed our Sauvignon blanc in their article –
“Sauvignon blanc for the Savvy: A Global Guide to 10 Top Bottles.”

89 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

"Lively gooseberry and lemon pulp notes stream through, flecked liberally with thyme and tarragon accents. Offers a brisk, refreshing finish."

John Szabo, Wine Align

"The “second label” of regional leader Hamilton Russell, the Southern Right sauvignon is a fine wine crafted in the riper style, quite drastically different from the more typical grassy versions popular in South African. Fruit is neither over nor under ripe, while acids are fresh but balanced and alcohol, at 13.5% declared, is in check. I like the richer textural experience, and the very good length and concentration. A real wine of gastronomy."

David Lawrason, Wine Align

"This is a very elegant, compact and juicy sauvignon blanc with classic nettle, grapefruit, sage aromas and flavours. There is a sense of minerality as well. Somewhere between Pouilly-Fume and white Bordeaux."

91 Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report

"The 2016 Southern Right Sauvignon blanc opens with a bouquet of gooseberry, white peach, Serrano pepper and Gravenstein apple. Bright and beautifully balanced, this has a lovely rich texture and a ripe mouthfeel. Brioche, green papaya, New York apple and kiwi flavours sit alongside lively minerality."