The vineyards that produce Eerste Water Sauvignon Blanc are snuggled between the steep mountainsides of the little-known Groenfontein Valley, the grapes receive an optimal balance of shade and sunlight. Lower temperatures associated with higher altitude and cold nights coupled with deep shale soils ensure this wine is typical of cool climate wine excellence, but with character shaped by unique terroir.
The name Eerste Water (meaning “first water” in Afrikaans) refers in large part to the location of the vineyards at the head of the valley, which is part of the Swartberg mountain range. When it rains, Eerste Water vineyards are first in line to be reached by Swartberg streams of crystal clear, nutrient-rich water.
Water is also the life-blood of the community where the Nel family has farmed since 1880. In fact, the Nel’s Dam located en route to the Groenfontein Valley is 100 years old this year and is the oldest concrete dam wall in South Africa. This is the heritage at the foundation of Eerste Water and every Boplaas wine.
In the glass, the wine’s aromas conjure up notes of passion fruit, oyster shell and white peach with an underlying herbaceous character. The palate is full and shows minerality that is sustained by fine acidic balance through to a long, satisfying finish.
The tropical fruit mélange of flavours of this Sauvignon is best paired with grilled Kabeljou and thick home-style chips, alternatively serve this wine well chilled as an aperitif or accompaniment anytime!