In a nutshell: A fresh, zesty and grassy South African Sauvignon Blanc with a subtle restraint.
The lowdown: This is a highly accomplished wine for the price and probably one of our best value Sauvignon Blancs. The grapes come from two vineyards in the Stellenbosch wine region only a few miles from the ocean so the constant cool sea breezes give great natural acidity to the wine (and means the 'Windswept' name is very apt). It's fresh and zesty with grassy and dry bay leaf aromatics which lead onto a pleasingly restrained palate with good mineral and zesty citrus flavours with hints of green pepper and grass.
When to drink: Just the sort of thing to go with a host of Mediterranean dishes, or with Chinese squid or Thai fish dishes.
Named after South Africa's most iconic bay, which frames much of the country's premium winelands, False Bay Vineyards was borne out of a desire to make 'real' wine affordable.
Back in 1994, long before founding Waterkloof - his biodynamic vineyard overlooking False Bay - Paul Boutinot came to the Western Cape to seek out and rescue grapes from old, balanced and under-appreciated vineyards. These treasures were otherwise destined to be lost in the large co-operative blends that were dominating South Africa's wine industry back then.
Unusually for that time, Paul transformed those Cape gems into wines with a minimum of intervention: Wild yeast ferments, no acid additions etc. A familiar story to many real wine lovers now, but back then he was swimming against the tide. Even today, making wine this way at the price-level is almost unheard of. Today the ingredients remain the same for Waterkloofs Cellar Master Nadia Barnard, fantastic coastal fruit, old vines and wild yeast abound, with additions avoided.