Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin, 2014

  Rudi Schultz

Contains Sulphites.

About Rudi Schultz

One of South Africa's outstanding young talents, Rudi Schultz epitomises the exciting new generation of winemakers cropping up in this stunning part of the Cape. After working at Rustenberg and Jordan, Rudi joined Thelema in 2000 where he still works, alongside South African legend Gyles Webb. Whilst making Thelema's wine Rudi also makes 1000 cases of his own Syrah from a sun-soaked vineyard in Botterlay in the north west corner of Stellenbosch. The wine, made and reared in Thelema's cellars, is packed with deeply intense fruit and spice character heavily reminiscent of Southern Rhone and has already won wide acclaim both internationally and nationally, tipped as the Cape's great single varietal wine by highly respected South African wine journalist John Platter.

Appellation: Elgin

Elgin is an emerging region in South Africa, known for being one of the coolest areas in the winelands. This makes Elgin a promising region for white wines, with several wineries producing particularly crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blancs.

Grape Type: Sauvignon Blanc

There are various styles of Sauvignon Blanc from the fragrant, fresh Loire Valley style reminiscent of cut-grass, gooseberry, flint and nettles, to the contrasting Bordeaux-style, often blended with Semillon and Muscadelle and barrel-fermented to produce the richer, if less assertive, food friendly dry whites of Pessac-Leognan in the Graves. At the same time, it is also a vital component in the sweet, rich and luscious whites of Sauternes and Barsac. As a dry wine it has sprung to particular fame in New Zealand where it is made in a very pungent, expressive style with notes of kiwi passion fruit and mango. While South Africa has also had great success with the variety. Generally considered for youthful consumption, age-worthy examples can be found in Bordeaux, and the Loire from the likes of Didier Dagueneau and François Cotat.