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2020 Oak Valley Wines ‘Fountain Of Youth’ Elgin Sauvignon Blanc: Western Cape, South Africa


Tasting Notes

This wine is named after a crystal-clear fresh water spring on the lower foothills of the Groenlandberg mountain range by Sir Antonie Viljoen, and being that the vineyard feeds off the same water source, this wine may be just that! The Fountain of Youth. On the nose, you will find notes of kiwi fruit, blackcurrant, melon, and hints of pineapple. The palate confirms the notes with the additions of passionfruit, gooseberry and grapefruit pith. If you haven’t had a South African Sauvignon Blanc, give this one a whirl!!  Totally swoon worthy and easy drinking.

Winery Details

Oak Valley Estate is a 5th generation family farm owned by the Rawbone-Viljoen family since 1898 when the property was purchased by Sir Antonie Viljoen. Sir Antonie became a Senator in the Cape Parliament and was knighted by King George in 1916 for his efforts to reconcile the Boers and Brits in the bitter aftermath of the Boer War.

Sir Antonie was a farmer extraordinaire and amongst his many farming achievements was the establishment of the first commercial apple orchards in the Elgin Valley. The apple industry remains the economic backbone of the region today.

Well over a century has passed since the pioneering accomplishments of Sir Antonie and today Oak Valley lies in the heart of the Elgin Valley, renowned for its apples and pears, its greenhouse cut-flowers, and, for the production of its outstanding cool climate wines. In 1902, Antonie planted the first Semillon and Cinsault and in 1908 he built the first wine cellar in Elgin.

With vineyards 500m above sea level, the high altitude, cool south-easterly winds, cloud cover and cold winters make Elgin the coolest wine region in South Africa. This cool climate allows for the gradual ripening of grapes, creating wines of delicacy, freshness, flavour and balance.

Towering above our vineyard is the Groenlandberg mountain with its highest peak of 1,181m. The Groenlandberg slows down ripening even further by casting its shadow over the vines and directing cold air down the valley at night.

Their mission at Oak Valley is to produce world-class cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that speak to our unique terroir.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Oak Valley Wines

Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Style: White, dry

Origin: Elgin, Cape South Coast, Western Cape, South Africa

Vinification: Sustainable farming practices. The grapes are hand harvested, and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats.

Aging: Aged in stainless steel

% ABV: 13.5%