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Date Printed: 11/20/2014
Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Bayten Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2005
(search item no. 86312)
Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 11/20/2014: $13.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Racy Sauvignon, with distinct chalk, lime, herb and chive flavors, and hints of white peach and honeysuckle emerging on the finish.  Deceptively concentrated, this should develop nicely in the cellar.
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About Bayten:

Bayten (formerly known as Buitenverwachting) was part of the original Constantia estate founded in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Dutch Colony at the Cape. One of South Africa’s premier estates, this beautiful farm is situated on the east-facing slopes of the magnificent Constantiaberg Mountain, just south of Cape Town and a few miles from False Bay.

Today under the guidance of current proprietor Lars Maack, the winery has earned a reputation as the source of some of South Africa’s most exquisite, mineral-tinged white wines. Bayten is a Dutch word that means "beyond expectation." Cellarmaster Herman Kirschbaum and winemaker Brad Paton continue to craft stunning wines that deliver on that promise to exhilarate the senses.

Constantia is one of the few wine-growing areas in South Africa which does not need to rely on irrigation, thanks to significant winter rainfall. Bayten's vineyards, planted on a variety of ancient decomposed granite soils, are dry farmed, with an average yield of five tons per hectare. The farm embraces a variety of holistic farming practices. A portion of the estate has been dedicated to a conservancy in order to preserve indigenous flora and fauna, and a section of the vineyards is currently undergoing organic certification.