2017 Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc, Ghost Corner, David Nieuwoudt, Elim, South Africa
David Nieuwoudt (of Cederberg fame) has been in Elim, on the southern-most tip of Africa, since 2007 when he first spotted the area’s huge potential. A small and promising maritime region within the Cape Agulhas district, Elim has two key things in common with Cederberg: a cool climate, and wilderness protection. So named after the 130 ships who found their last resting place in the treacherous waters of this extreme and mysterious landscape, Ghost Corner’s outstanding white wines have pioneered a new style for South Africa. The Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc (named for the fact that fermentation takes place thanks to naturally occurring yeast) turns heads at every corner for its complexity and finesse and beautiful length.
Naturally fermented Sauvignon blanc. Enticing aromas of fleshy white pear and quince with an illusion of sweetness. Nine months barrel maturation gives a creamy, full-palate with beautiful length. Well paired with fresh seafood or a creamy pasta. Best enjoyed right away, but potential to age up to five years.
(Tim Atkin '17: 93 points - 2016 vintage)