Tuesday, April 30, 2013

KWV The Mentors Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2012 93+ Points

The Mentors range is kind of the boutique, pampered offering by KWV, not that the rest of the range and brands are not pampered, what differentiate The Mentors is more about site specificity and expression of some of South Africa's best suited terroir to a specific grape variety, think of their world class Grenache Blanc from Paarl, the equally impressive Cabernet Franc from Banhoek, Stellenbosch or their Semillon from Lutzville and the mind blowing mineral Chardonnay from Elgin, here I guess gifted viticulturist Marco Ventrella is simply giving the very best possible fruit to cellarmaster Richard Rowe, winemaker Johann Fourie and team to craft, world class drops.

This Sauvignon Blanc from Darling district, has without a doubt set a new benchmark level for this West Coast area and I would confidently go as far as saying this 2012 The Mentors is even better than benchmark and established Sauvignon from Groenekloof, a ward within Darling, this is indeed #nextlevelshit.

Pale white, with light green reflections towards the rim.
Clean, impressive purity with high Sauvignon intensity, textbook, perfect ripeness, showcasing gooseberries, fleshy kiwi, crushed black currant leaves, screaming of granite minerality here, delicate white pepper spices.

Dry, juicy elegant with moderate plus acidity, has cut, citric freshness, crunchy, zesty green lime, focus, textured with moderate alcohol of 13% abv, elegant, table friendly, persistent lenght, now until 2016+