Neil Ellis Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa

Price: $16.79
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Item No. 99963
  • ST92
  • WE90
  • W&S90
Style: Light & Crisp

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The juice was handled reductively and left to settle for 3 days after which it was racked and inoculated to ferment at low temperatures. Left on the lees for 3 months before blending and bottling.

Predominant flavors are those of tropical fruit with herbaceous overtones, whilst the overall impression is of elegance and delicacy with a long flavorsome finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright, pale yellow. Subdued but pure aromas of lemon drop, fresh pineapple and flinty minerality. Chewy, tactile and serious, with intense flavors of minerals, citrus peel and anise. Finishes dusty and strong. Rich for this bottling but also structured, pure and gripping. Finishes with a brisk note of tangerine. A steal at this price. "
92 Points

"Supertaut and bony, with lots of chive, chalk dust and dried thyme notes backed by a long, white asparagus-filled finish. This has mouthwatering acidity. Begs for food. Drink now."
90 Points

"Fresh and zingy, with aromas of lemon/lime, tropical fruit and flowers. On the palate, expressive waves of fruit, minerals and herbs give the wine complexity and lift. Balanced, clean and intriguing. Editors Choice."
90 Points

"Fresh and zesty in the middle, with floral scents of orange blossoms, this finishes with a little grape-skin weight. A clean sauvignon to serve with grilled calamari."
90 Points

Learn About Neil Ellis Map ItMap It

In 1986, Neil Ellis took a calculated leap of faith into the wine negociant arena, buying and vinifying grapes from selected vineyards and marketing these hand-reared wines under his own label. Mindful that exceptional terroir and assiduous vineyard cultivation form the bedrock of great wine, Neil forged long-term supply partnerships with top grape-growers in premium areas. In...

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Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Learn About Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc (so-veen-YAWN blahnk) One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire Valley of France to Marlborough in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique and delicious flavors. Notable Facts Sauvignon Blanc's home...

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