It’s that time again, wine of the week, just in time for the holidays!
I think this could become a cult wine. It is a sparky, green zingy Sauvignon made by Duncan Savage at Cape Point Vineyards down near Noordhoek.
The price: an excellent value R38 a 70ml bottle.
First Impression: As green as it gets.
The Story as written by my friend and co-author of The People’s Guide, Neil Pendock: Cape Point Vineyards is excellent terroir for both grassy Sauvignon Blanc and Western Leopard Toads who play Russian Roulette on the roads at night. Some pay the ultimate price and get splattered which explains why this adventurous amphibian is on the endangered list. Which prompted CPV owner Sybrand van der Spuy to name a new froggie brand after the beast and pay R1 for every bottle sold into his CPV Sustainability Fund. Proceeds from the first vintage (estimated at R35 000) will be donated to the Western Leopard Toad Committee for the erection of educational signage throughout the Toad’s homeland. Additional proceeds will be donated to selected community projects within
the Cape Peninsula area.
The Taste: Generous waves of green melon, pink grapefruit, limes and scrubby crushed fynbos. Juice-making zesty friendly whack of lime acidity. Great glass on its own as a refresher, and fabulous with food.
Michael Says: Excellent excellent value from one of the Cape’s finest Sauvignon practitioners, Duncan Savage.
Did You Know? Neil again: The Western Leopard Toad (Amietophrynus pantherinus) is a species of toad in the Bufonidae family. Endemic to South Africa, its natural habitat is shrubby vegetation, swamps, freshwater lakes and marshes, urban areas and ponds. It is threatened by habitat loss and careless motorists.
The small print: Wine of Origin: Western Cape [which means the grapes are bought in from other wine regions], 100% Sauvignon Blanc and alcohol is 13% by volume.