Paul Cluver Estate Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2000 92+ Points
Clear, bright, still pale straw with green reflections
Clean, medium plus intensity, shows maturity with notes of baked lemon, dried lime leaf, light honey, baked green apples, captivating, flinty mineral, though unwooded, the wine have developed a "pierre a fusil" and burned matches character akin to warm stone off a fire pit, complex and layered, could easily be mistaken for a quality aged Pouilly Fume of 12+ years.
Dry, broad texture, have developed a certain "fatness", structured with pin point acidity, so fresh and still very alive, the flinty / toasty / stony mineral follows through with moderate alcohol, full and lingering depth, still so pure and lively, impressive wow.
This is another confirmation that shows Elgin Sauvignon Blanc from the right site, can and do age, yet slow in their development.
Yes top level South African Sauvignon Blanc do age and improve in bottle! Consumer must seek those examples whenever they can from reputable producers, it's another repertoire of Sauvignon Blanc enjoyment, often misunderstood.
Tasted at Winterhlater Constantia Fresh. 25th February 2012 at Buitenverwachting.