White Wine, Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2015

If you try different wines, you are bound to figure out which wine you like! My brother and his wife left me a couple of bottles of wine from the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate after their last visit. I have been meaning to visit this wine estate in Walker Bay, Hermanus, for the last decade. The Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2015, was released in April 2016 and the wine bottle, with white label, completed by the ‘premium gold foil embossed design’ looks quite elegant and appealing to the eye.

The power of ambiance, to be served very cold


I usually like silence when I taste the wine for sharing tasting notes and my experience, so it was not an option to do this while we were festive, sipping on the wine whilst my brother was around. On the day that the Cape Town Cycle Tour was abandoned due to heavy Gail force winds on 12th March 2017, I figured a braai and a bottle of the Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2015 would pair well for sharing with you. I got the fire for the braai going and then went inside  the house to  pour the wine and avoid the wind, which had arrived on my side of the mountain by the afternoon.

Some charcoal and wood, and we get ready to braai

The wine looked a pale platinum shade, almost clear, and a classic colour for cool climate wines. Relative to the regions of wine I taste, the Atlantic Ocean and the cold Benguela Current make for a very different climate to what I am accustomed to in the valleys of Constantia and Stellenbosch.


I will be honest, ordinarily I would have been put off by the colour. The nose left no doubt in my mind that I was drinking a Sauvignon Blanc, yet it was surprisingly fruity. It was not at all consistent with the colour of the wine in the glass. I picked up tropical fruits, which feels like a contradiction given I associate tropical fruit with a warm climate, while the position of this wine region is in  one of our cooler climates. It had a fresh nose, and  was teasing enough for me to want to  get on with it and sip!

It was an unusual colour but the nose said sip me!

Then the sip… It was slightly acidic, but not heavily so. This was to  be expected of a Sauvignon Blanc, but remember that the fruity nose had created a different expectation for my taste buds. After the first sip, which was slightly racy and crisp, it was a consistent wine sip after sip. I would not  call it a complex wine in structure. It is a light easy drink, but where I would call it complex is in the roller coaster ride I experienced from experiencing seeing the colour,  to nosing the wine and  then sipping it. In that sense the wine had many dimensions and demonstrated complexity.

I will tell you what, this wine has many dimensions

I have good days and I have bad days with a Sauvignon Blanc wine, and this was a good day. On the braai, I made beef boerewors and some lamb chops seasoned with dried oregano flakes, chopped fresh basil, three cloves of garlic (crushed), sliced celery and three teaspoons of Olive Oil. You read that right, no salt, and the pairing was fantastic. It’s an easy drinking wine which is good on its own and goes well with herb infused red meat from the braai.

Tabbouleh Salad, Lamb Chop, Boerewors and Grilled Vegetables

The Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc was a HIT for me. At R95-00 a bottle on their website, if you buy by the case, it makes it a Category C wine. If you order it from wine.co.za you can get the same bottle for R110 per bottle, making it a Category B wine. It shows you how fickle these categories and wine classification can be doesn’t it? If you are not familiar with my Categories, read my blog post on the Thelema Sauvignon Blanc.

Easy drinking, fresh and crisp… Imagine having this on a hot sunny day

Author: fit4thabo

I'm a Banker by profession, and ubiquitous on social media. Sometimes, it is as if my brain has a mind of its own. Full of life, and love my family, my work, sports, food, whisky and wine.

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