La Vierge is a relatively new winery based in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) valley in the Walker Bay wine region of South Africa. This lovely crisp, zesty, Sauvignon Blanc is named Original Sin in keeping with the Garden of Eden theme of the winery and because they sinned by planting cool climate-loving Sauvignon Blanc in this Chardonnay-rich area. Yields are low which helps add to the complexity and concentration of flavours in this wine.
Grapes are picked in different batches over a couple of weeks to bring a plethora of flavours and aromas - green fruits such as greengages, kiwi fruit and gooseberries with apricot and white peach - plus grass aromas and a hint of pear drop. The 7% Semillon gives the wine a medium body and there is a distinct mineral finish. Only the Semillon has been fermented in oak so this is not an oaky style of wine. In fact Original Sin manages to combine real crisp acidity and a rich texture.
This is available only as a one or two bottle pack; perfect gift for Sauvignon Blanc lovers.
Recommended with fish, shellfish, chicken, pork and roast ham. It will stand up to richer dishes better than some other white wines.
"The profile of this wine is based on the vines planted on a variation of Shale and Clay based soils and the wine therefore expresses the broad richness of the clay on the palate and aromatic tropical fruit and mineral character on the nose. Using a blend of yeasts and the intrigue achieved with the portion of Semillon, it shows concentrated tropical melon and pear drop, with a hint of lemon grass character and a full mineral follow through on the palate."