Platter * * * * ½ – Captivating sauvignon/semillon (70/30) blend reflecting Elim’s cool climate. 2016 has vibrant tropical fruit, unadulterated by 35% French & American oak, woven with herbaceous aromas & fine mineral structure to add finesse.
Intriguing, light lime green hue shot through with white gold. On the nose the wine jumps out of the glass with focused aromas of asparagus, fresh thyme, gooseberry and sweet melon. In the background, a hint of white pepper and nutmeg. The wine seduces your palette with a texture of creamed honey, but the flavours are taut citrus fruit framed by a suggestion of toasty vanilla oak. An extraordinarily complex and satisfying mouthful.
72% Sauvignon Blanc, 28% Semillon
The wine pairs amazingly well with shellfish and fish. Steamed mussels in a tomato sauce, crayfish cooked in the shell on the braai with an olive oil and garlic basting, or even Snoek cooked on the braai, the traditional way with marmalade all go brilliantly. But that’s all sort of expected, I suppose. It’s when the wine can also stand up to a steak sandwich that you really realise the power and structure in this wine.
Alcohol : 14.50 % vol
TA : 6.5 g/l
Sugar : 2.2 g/l
pH : 3.33