The Neethlingshof farm, which overlooks False Bay in South Africa, dates back to the 1600s. It was originally named De Wolwedans, after the then owner mistakenly identified a pack of jackals as wolves. After a few changes of ownership, it was renamed Neethlingshof in 1827. The Jackal is featured on the label, and looks like it might be related to one of the foxes in our garden.
Neethlingshof invest in the conservation of the Silver Backed Jackal. Butler recently tasted this Sauvignon Blanc, and almost dismissed it. He was pleasantly surprised, when opened, it's excellent. It's more in line with the style of a dry white Bordeaux.
It is exotic, rich and powerful, it's full of luscious fruit and has a long, dry finish. This is not quite what you might expect, but we think, well worth trying, and yet another fine example from South Africa.
A large estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Full bodied and ripe style of Sauvignon Blanc. The vines for this wine were planted in 1997 and is part of the winery trying to encourage biodiversity with in the vineyard. The slow-ripening grapes were harvested late to obtain a concentrated intensity of flavour.