For my birthday this year, I chose the solitude and unspoilt beauty of tiny-town, McGregor. That, a birthday cake and an icy bottle of Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2019.
Most of us had lock-down birthdays. I was just lucky to have one during level 1, when we were allowed to travel outside our newly created virtual worlds. I decided to head out to the mountainous embrace of McGregor, where the quiet serenity seep into your soul, like a good glass of wine. More about our stay later; for now I want to celebrate the wine.
I was recently gifted a bottle of Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2019, a 91-point scorer in the Tim Atkin 2019 Report and a three-star recipient in Platters 2020. It seemed an obvious choice to cheers my new revolution around the sun, and the perfect sundowner tipple for a hideaway as beautiful as McGregor.
Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Having a particular affinity for the Garden Route as most of my forming years were spent in Plettenberg Bay, I was enveloped in quiet anticipation for this beautiful bottle. It’s not a state secret that Sauvignon Blanc and I have a lingering love-hate relationship, even though we’ve come to respect each other over the years.
Honestly enjoying only as many Sauvignon Blancs as I have fingers on my two hands combined, the Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc has without effort de-throned one from my top-ten list.
Tasting notes: Fresh tropical fruits and cut grass/green pepper palate with a mineral flint finish, well balanced acidity and a lingering finish.
In the vineyard: These vineyards are situated between the peaks of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. Panted in rocky granite soils on 4 wire Perold trellis over 600m above sea level. 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
In the cellar: Harvesting takes place mid-March during early morning to ensure the coolest possible berries. The fruit is handled with extreme care and only the best berries are hand selected. At the cellar the clusters are destemmed and lightly crushed into a closed tank and left on the skins till the next day. Then the juice is separated and softly pressed after which fermentation takes place at cool temperatures for about a month. The wine is left on its lees for another 6 months before bottling.
Awards and accolades:
Tim Atkin 2019 Report: 91 points
Platter 4 star, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Gold @ Gold Wine Awards 2019
Vitis Vinifera Gold Award 2017
Cellar door price: approx. R75 per bottle, available from the De Krans Wines website (https://dekrans.co.za/product/garden-route-sauvignon-blanc/)
About cake and love
Like a good wine, no expense should be spared on a birthday cake. I’ve always been a fan of Shetil’s Cake and Love creations, and have had the privilege of celebrating two of my birthdays with her cakes and macarons.
I am convinced she scoops soup-spoons of love into the cake batter, mixed with sprinkles of magic and a sift of decadence. Her macarons must be filled with a piping bag of decadence, and the crispy edges baked until perfect anticipation.
I waited until our arrival in McGregor before I finally allowed myself to open the box and sneak a peek at my birthday cake, albeit three days early. Vanilla sponge cake layered with cream cheese frosting and lemon curd, iced with razzle dazzle vanilla buttercream. Twelve beautiful macarons, with dainty flecks of rose-gold, cradling secret salted caramel centres. I couldn’t think of a more suitable, more loving partner for the Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2019.
The intensely delicious tropical nose of the Sauvignon Blanc cut through the decadent layers of velvety vanilla. The lush palate of passion fruit and the clean, flinty mineral finish indulged in the lemon curd and rich buttercream.
What a beautiful pair; a forever-match made by my hedonistic little heart. In that moment, I had everything I could’ve wished for. Absolutely sublime, and with my eyes closed in sheer delight, I returned for seconds, and then for thirds.
A beautiful showcase of the unique, granite-soaked terrain of the Outeniqua Mountains and the surrounding Waboomskraal area, captured in a single bottle. Tucked between the velvet folds of these majestically rolling mountains, lay the roots of this spectacular wine; its story as old as the rocks. Such a great companion for a birthday celebration, and a bottle I’ll be adding to my collection for many more joyous occasions to follow.
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