Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 2

Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 2

A Research Summary Dr. Carien Coetzee 17 May 2019 Part 1 of our Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc series investigated i) cultural differences in the perception of minerality, ii) how minerality is perceived and iii) sensory attributes associated with the perception of...
SBIG becomes Sauvignon Blanc SA

SBIG becomes Sauvignon Blanc SA

Media Release 2 May 2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC SA IS THE NEW AMBASSADOR FOR A GLOBAL FAVOURITE South Africa’s champion for Sauvignon Blanc, one of the country’s most widely planted wine grape varieties, has undergone a transformation that brings momentum to its...
Should we be afraid of pinking?

Should we be afraid of pinking?

Dr. Carien Coetzee 23 April 2019 During one of the sessions at the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon in March this year, we tasted a brilliantly clear wine which had the slightest pink hue. After confirming that there were no blending components to this Sauvignon Blanc...
Renowned New Zealand Winemaker Set to Judge Michelangelo

Renowned New Zealand Winemaker Set to Judge Michelangelo

Ben Glover Emile Joubert 5 April 2019 For this first time since its inception, the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards will welcome a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc expert to its judging panel. Ben Glover from Marlborough, the source of some of the world’s...
Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 1

Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 1

A Research Summary Dr. Carien Coetzee 5 April 2019 There are so many questions regarding the perception of “minerality” in wine. The lack of scientific evidence leaves the many questions unanswered, but researchers are slowly inching closer to gaining valuable...
Low alcohol Sauvignon Blanc the breadwinner of tomorrow

Low alcohol Sauvignon Blanc the breadwinner of tomorrow

An article by Dr Carien Coetzee on Wine.co.za (1 April 2019) Consumers moderating their alcohol intake, whether it be for health awareness or self-assessment, can be seen all over. It’s called moderation occasions and we all do it at some stage, while more and more...
Effect of Bentonite Fining on Volatile Thiols

Effect of Bentonite Fining on Volatile Thiols

Dr. Carien Coetzee 25 March 2019 Bentonite is one of the most effective products for the removal of proteins due to low cost, high efficiency and easy handling properties. Disadvantages of the use of bentonite include the low level of compaction leading to wine losses...
SA a favourite at Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

SA a favourite at Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

Dr. Carien Coetzee 11 March 2019 The competition in short: The 2019 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon took place in the Udine, a town located in the picturesque Friuli-Venezia-Guilia (see location) in Italy. The three-day event is associated with the annual Concours...
Stability of Sauvignon blanc aroma after fermentation

Stability of Sauvignon blanc aroma after fermentation

Dr. Carien Coetzee 27 February 2019 With most Sauvignon blanc ferments coming to an end, it is important to already start thinking of preservation techniques. Great care was taken during harvest and strategic winemaking techniques were employed for the optimal...
#SoupAndSauvignon – Fresh Tomato with Cashew Cream

#SoupAndSauvignon – Fresh Tomato with Cashew Cream

If you’ve been following (and sipping on) our #SoupAndSauvignon supper series, you’ll know about the heartwarming buy-one-give-one campaign being run by Pesto Princess where every time someone buys a soup, they give one to the Ladles of Love soup kitchen...
#SoupAndSauvignon – Red Lentil with Harissa Toasted Dippers

#SoupAndSauvignon – Red Lentil with Harissa Toasted Dippers

It has not been tough, sipping on Sauvignons and eating our way through the Pesto Princess soup range. All in the name of warming your winter with our #SoupAndSauvignon Series.  It’s been rather splendid.  We might do it all again. This week we noticed all four...

{RECIPE} Goan-Styled Prawn Curry with Lace

  A mouthwateringly moreish dinner beautifully paired with Almenkerk’s off-dry and fruity Lace Sauvignon Blanc.  Get the curry on the go early on… the longer it gently simmers, the better.  Leftovers make for a very enjoyable lunch; heat gently on the...
#SoupAndSauvignon – Pea & Pesto Soup with Crispy Bacon

#SoupAndSauvignon – Pea & Pesto Soup with Crispy Bacon

‘Home-cooked’ food with practically no effort.  Extra time to sip on some Sauvignon! We decided the evenings this winter should be filled with a little less cooking-with-wine, and a little more leisure-time-with-wine.  We looked to Pesto Princess’...
Wild Mushroom Risotto with Waterford Sauvignon Blanc

Wild Mushroom Risotto with Waterford Sauvignon Blanc

This is one of those labours-of-love that are worth it if you enjoy spending time in the kitchen (and can be trusted with the ‘cooking’ wine), and which should be attempted at least once in your lifetime.  Also, after trying your hand at risotto, the next time you...
The Trick with Alikreukel {and three recipes}

The Trick with Alikreukel {and three recipes}

Freshly dived Giant Periwinkle with some of the Sauvignon Blanc we were treated to on our recent Bredasdorp Adventures with Pierre. Small-scale wines with a big heart and even bigger name. Giant, in fact.  Pierre Rabie, wine maker and co-owner of Giant Periwinkle...
2018 #FNBTop10 Sauvignon Blanc Revealed!

2018 #FNBTop10 Sauvignon Blanc Revealed!

Still reeling from the glitz and Sauvignon Blanc at our glamorous #FNBTop10 awards evening last night? So are we! It’s hard to believe it’s all over and we have to wait another year to do it all again. And… *drumroll* …here are our newly...
Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group Gears for a New Era

Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group Gears for a New Era

One of the most inspiring wine categories in South Africa. That’s what made RJ Botha, winemaker at Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch and new chairman of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group (SBIG), keen to take up this organisational role. “Besides absolutely loving to work...
#SoupAndSauvignon – Creamy Carrot with Beetroot Chips

#SoupAndSauvignon – Creamy Carrot with Beetroot Chips

Flavourful winter-warming soups, and extra time to sip on some Sauvignon. If you saw our post about the Pea & Pesto Soup with Ashbourne Sauvignon Blanc/ Chardonnay, you’ll know we’ll be sharing four soups and four Sauvignon Blanc supper suggestions...
New Year’s Eve Sparkling Sauvignon Slushies

New Year’s Eve Sparkling Sauvignon Slushies

Give your New Year’s Eve celebrations a fruity kick with a pretty-to-look at and delicious-to-sip sparkling cocktail.  This is one of those silly-easy recipes with a high success factor; just remember to plan ahead and freeze the fruit at least 4-6 hours before...

Salmon and Sauvignon Surprises – A Simple Supper

Smoked Salmon and Sauvignon Blanc is a splendid way to ‘beef’ up a plain pasta. Surprise your family, or yourself 😉 with a special yet incredibly simple dinner served with your favourite Sauvignon Blanc. Do you have a favourite Sauvignon Blanc that you...
2017 FNB SAUVIGNON BLANC TOP 10 REVEALED

2017 FNB SAUVIGNON BLANC TOP 10 REVEALED

The winners of the 2017 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top Ten were announced during a well-attended wine crafters affair in Franschhoek, Western Cape. Presented by the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group of South Africa (SBIG) and sponsored by FNB Business since 2007, the...
Braaioritising Sauvignon Blanc

Braaioritising Sauvignon Blanc

If you’re looking for a simple, delicate fish dish for National Heritage Day (a.k.a. Braai Day), then we have just the thing for your braai grid.  The flavour of this fish is honoured by the herbs rather than overpowered, and the dish as a whole complements a...
2016 FNB SAUVIGNON BLANC TOP 10 REVEALED

2016 FNB SAUVIGNON BLANC TOP 10 REVEALED

Ten superior Sauvignon Blanc wines were revealed as South Africa’s finest today (Friday, 14 October) when the much-anticipated results of the 2016 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 were announced. This year’s Top 10 wines, in alphabetical order, are Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc...
Back to basics with Sauvignon Blanc (by Johan Botha)

Back to basics with Sauvignon Blanc (by Johan Botha)

Maybe if called Surin, Blanc Fumé or even Muscat Silvaner, it would not evoke such an emotional response. What could be better than a good Sauvignon Blanc? But alas, Sauvignon Blanc by any other name is still Sauvignon Blanc and when the word is uttered there are...
2015 FNB SAUVIGNON BLANC TOP 10 UNVEILED

2015 FNB SAUVIGNON BLANC TOP 10 UNVEILED

Ten exceptional Sauvignon Blanc wines were revealed as South Africa’s finest on Friday, 23 October 2015 at the prestigious Val de Vie estate when the results of the 2015 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 were announced. The competition, presented by the Sauvignon Blanc...