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Neethlingshof The Jackal's Dance Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2018

£14.50 GBP £16.49 GBP

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. They invest in the conservation of the Silver Backed Jackal. 

The vines for this wine were planted in 1997 as part of the winery trying to encourage biodiversity within the vineyard. The slow-ripening grapes were harvested late to obtain a concentrated intensity of flavour. 

It's a real surprise when open, a good one. It's excellent. It's full bodied and ripe, 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.