Porcupine Ridge, Sauvignon Blanc 2023


TA – Tim Atkin MW
PG – Platter’s Wine Guide

The nose is clean and inviting, showing pure aromas of lemon verbena, cut grass, honeydew melon, Cape gooseberries, green papaya and whiffs of fresh guava, apple blossom, ginger and tarragon. The refreshing citrus character of the nose follows through with flavours of zesty lime, lemongrass, nettles and angelica, offering complexity within the wine’s light-bodied frame. The mid-palate is linear, lively and precise, with the green fruits balanced beautifully against the racy, bright, yet integrated acidity. Tart pineapple and hints of matcha and passion fruit linger on a crisp, vibrant finish.

The Porcupine Ridge brand has its origins in the natural environment of the farm and the ongoing efforts to conserve the biodiversity on the property and the surrounding mountains. In addition to a number of rare fauna and flora species – such as the erica lerouxiae which is endemic to Boekenhoutskloof –
the farm is home to a several Crested Porcupine families, which are however rarely seen due to their nocturnal lifestyle.

“These wines are honest, true to type, and true to cultivar. Our winemaking philosophy has always been to follow a natural approach of no acidification or additions. The resulting wines are much more about a generous palate weight than simple primary aromatics followed by acidity. ” ~ Marc Kent.

The 2023 Sauvignon Blanc is made from grapes harvested from vineyards in Robertson, Stellenbosch and as far afield as the West Coast. These vineyards are picked at different ripeness levels to achieve a wine that is supple and round, yet focused, with balanced acidity. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperature conditions prior to blending. No acidification during any stage of vinification.

  • Alcohol: 12.14% vol
  • RS: 2.2 g/l
  • TA: 6.5 g/l
  • pH: 3.41
  • W.O. Western Cape