Daisy Knowles Daisy hails from the North-West Province, having grown up in Mafikeng. She spent five years in the UK, or (y)UK as she terms it, before returning to SA in 2001. She now lives and works in the fairest Cape. A most personable Personal Assistant by day, she dabbles with wine courses on the sideline to keep the brain in check and enjoys practicing the art of wine drinking at any and every chance she gets.
Du Toitskloof Sauvignon Blanc 2013 RRP: R36 ; Stockists: Checkers, Pick ‘n Pay and Ultra Liquors www.dutoitskloof.co.za
planted firmly in the pool. Sometimes people can take life (and wine), far too seriously, yet a glass or five of this makes everything very simple indeed. This is just a good quality quaffer that gives everything you need in a glass, without any of the pretentiousness you don't. Stop over thinking it and drink the damn stuff. Eduard says: Easy to drink wine, not too complicated, but still finding a nice balance between aroma and taste. The flair of ripe granadillas on the nose turns into a wine soft on acidity, with just a hint of sweetness on the tip of your tongue. This wine is a great option to choose on a warm summer day to enjoy with the kids running around.
Daisy says: This wine smelled green, like the skin of a Golden Delicious apple, but with the tartness of biting into a Granny Smith. It wasn’t overly acidic and had a full, creamy mouth feel. I struggled to get anything distinct on sniffing this wine but there was a hint of litchi and olives still hanging on the trees. Overall though, I found the nose rather flat. I wasn’t offended nor blown away by this wine, but I did enjoy the mouthpuckering twang it had. Very easy drinking. Charlotte says: Light the braai, put on the rugby and blast your favorite 80's cheesy tracks - then crack open a few bottles of this and enjoy with your feet
“…a good quality quaffer that gives everything you need in a glass, without any of the pretentiousness you don't” llze says: An easy drinking, grassy wine, the one you’ll take along an easygoing braai, where lots of bottles will be consumed. The wine has pear, litchi and apple flavours on the nose, possibly some asparagus. But then again, maybe it’s just the asparagus I had for dinner, or the bright yellow colour it exudes. Tastes of green melon, zesty passion fruit and soft citrus finish. It is well balanced, smooth like Daniel Day Lewis in The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but unfortunately not a knicker dropper.
TasteTeam Donald says: I liked this because it didn’t initially smell like a Sauvignon Blanc. Light in colour the palate was full of lemon, lime and jasmine tempered with a hint of flint-like minerality. It duped me into thinking it was one of a few Sauvignon Blancs that I enjoy with its rich and smooth body, fruit and acid balance all nicely evolved with some lees ageing. “Summer in a glass” is a massive cliché but this wine is light, very dry and crisp and wouldn’t go amiss sitting round the pool on a hot summers’ day with some fresh sushi.
Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2013 RRP: R110; Stockists: Makro, Pick ‘n Pay and Picardi www.grootconstantia.co.za
Daisy says: Like a fresh varsity graduate, this wine was young, (read, wet behind
APRIL 2014 WINE EXTRA 13
Published on Mar 19, 2014
South Africa's favourite wine magazine. The Taste Team sample a flight of Sauvignon Blanc, Maryna visits Durbanville for an early morning ha...