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Downes Family Sauvignon Blanc 2021


91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022

Made with the help of Master of Wine Richard Kershaw, this is a serious, well-structured Sauvignon Blanc that outperforms many of its peers. Blackcurrant leaf and elderflower flavours provide lots of crunch and focus, with some added structure from partial skin contact before fermentation. 2022-25

4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Similar unwooded tropical tones (gooseberry & passionfruit) in 21 (90 pts), from clay/shale soils. Some extra breadth from naturally fermented, lees-enriched portion. Succulent & flavoursome, with fine citrus seam.

Technical Notes

Welcome the Downes Family Sauvignon Blanc 2021, a wine that effortlessly combines vibrancy, elegance, and the captivating essence of South Africa’s revered wine valleys. Every drop of this exquisite wine tells a story of a dedicated family’s winemaking journey, nestled in the Western Cape’s breathtaking, sun-drenched valleys. Under the careful watch of the Downes Family, each Sauvignon Blanc vine is a testament to a meticulously balanced dance between the sun’s warm embrace and the cool, whispering breezes from the Atlantic, providing the perfect canvas for crafting a wine that is truly reflective of its majestic origins. With the Downes Family Sauvignon Blanc 2021, you’re not just enjoying a wine—you’re immersing yourself into a tapestry of flavors, an enduring tradition, and the unique, enchanting narrative of South African terroir.


Pouring a glass reveals a vibrant, pale hue, hinting at the dynamic and refreshing experience awaiting in the Downes Family Sauvignon Blanc 2021. The bouquet is a delightful array of aromatic treasures—crisp green apples, succulent pears, and a subtle undertow of tropical fruits—all framed by an elegantly refined mineral tone. On the palate, it’s a revelation of refreshment and balance. The wine dances with a tantalizing acidity that supports and elevates the spectrum of fruity notes, leading to a finish that is clean, lingering, and utterly invigorating. Its delightful freshness makes it a versatile companion at the dining table, pairing wonderfully with seafood, light poultry dishes, and vibrant salads.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vineyard Location: Prestigious vineyards located in the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Vineyard Management: The estate employs sustainable farming techniques, maintaining harmony with the natural environment, and ensuring the health and vibrancy of each vine.
  • Harvesting: Harvest is conducted manually during the early morning hours to capture the grapes at their most expressive, preserving their freshness and aromatic potency.
  • Fermentation: The fermentation process occurs in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to safeguard the delicate, crisp characteristics intrinsic to Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Aging Process: Briefly aged on lees to impart additional body and complexity to the wine, without overshadowing its inherent freshness and vibrancy.
  • Alcohol Content: Ranges from 13% to 13.5%
  • Bottling: The bottling process is conducted at the estate, ensuring that the wine’s integrity and distinctive qualities are preserved from the vineyard to your glass.


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