Jikken Bareru Sauvignon Blanc
Platter 4 Stars
The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.
This Jikken Barreru (Japanese for "experimental barrels") Sauvignon is from two different sites, one at Simonsberg, the best site for Sauvignon in Stellenbosch, blended with wine from Elgin, well known as the best cool climate zone in SA due to it's altitude and location right above False Bay.
Very pale, almost clear in the glass. It has an intense nose with typical big Sauvignon aromas. Then big fruit on the palate finishing absolutely bone dry. This is very good wine for the money.
Please note for anybody with a full blown sulphite allergy, we gave it a medium low sulphite rating as Jane had a very mild reaction and we prefer to err on the side of caution. If you have a sulphite allergy try Leon's other Sauvignon Blanc - "Fume Blanc" which has just 4mg/l free SO2.
Leon tells me:
"Experimental Barrels Sauvignon blanc 2018 which originates 55% Stellenbosch (high lying Simonsberg & right next to the sea False Bay) & 45% Elgin (ultra cool climate vines up in the apple country of Elgin) it's a super expressive, crisp 'n fresh Sauvignon.
Combination of prime cool climate sites, cold fermented & bottled early to “vacuum pack” in all the superb Sauvignon goodness. Rambunctious melange of nectarine, pink grapefruit, citrus ‘n tropical fruits with notes of white pepper, lime leaf, green apple ‘n mineral finish to whet the palate. Enjoy with fresh denizens of the deep & crustacean – fresh mussels ‘n cream sauce, grilled rock lobster or prawns, grilled calamari with peri-peri dressing or good ol’ fish ‘n chips; soft fromage or as an aperitif."
|Location||Simonsberg & Elgin|
|Winery||Fledge & Co|
|Winery status||Just Leon & Margaux!|
|Annual production||5796 bottles|
|Product awards||Platter 4 Stars|
|Style||Fresh, fruity & crisp|
|No wood used||Yes|
|Sulphite level||Medium Low|