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Painted Wolf Lightning Sauvignon Blanc 2020


About this Wine

The Painted Wolf Lightning Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is a testament to the vibrant personality of South African Sauvignon Blanc, offering a unique expression of this internationally acclaimed varietal. Nurtured in the Western Cape’s fertile vineyards, our Sauvignon Blanc grapes enjoy the cooling influences of the Atlantic breezes and the ample sunlight that the region is blessed with. This climate fosters a rich concentration of flavors in the grapes, offering a wine that is distinctly South African in its character. The Lightning Sauvignon Blanc 2020, inspired by the electrifying energy of an African storm, is an embodiment of our respect for the wild spirit of the African continent. At Painted Wolf Wines, we believe in creating wines that express the character of the land and the grape, delivered in a way that is sustainable and supportive of the local ecosystem. With its burst of vibrant flavors, balanced acidity, and commitment to conservation, the Painted Wolf Lightning Sauvignon Blanc 2020 offers more than just a wine – it’s an experience, a connection to the wild landscapes of Africa, and a celebration of the distinctive terroir that makes South African wines so unique.

Technical Notes

  • Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vineyard Location: Western Cape, South Africa
  • Vineyard Management: Sustainable farming methods
  • Harvesting: Hand-harvested during the cool early morning to preserve the natural acidity and fresh flavors of the grapes
  • Fermentation: Temperature-controlled fermentation in large French oak barrels/concrete eggs in order to maintain the vibrancy of the fruit
  • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • Bottling: Bottled at the winery to ensure quality and consistency

Scores & Reviews

93+ pts Greg Sherwood MW Sept 2021

The grapes for this wine were hand picked, hand sorted and whole bunch pressed then fermented in large French oak barrels and a solitary concrete egg using only natural wild yeasts. The aromatics are beautifully pure and high toned with spicy notes of fresh lemon grass, pithy white citrus peel, capsicum and hints of crushed gooseberries. Any oak notes are incredibly delicate and seamlessly integrated highlighting the extreme precision with which this classy Sauvignon Blanc was assembled. The palate is fabulously cool, crystalline and pure laced with crunchy green fruits, subtle green herbs, yellow grapefruit, hints of bell pepper spice and finishes with a stony, flinty, wet river pebble length. Compact, vibrantly cool climate with crunchy acids and wonderfully balanced, this is another class act from Jeremy Borg. Drink now until 2025+.

90 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021

Just off dry, with cut grass and mangetout aromas, this cool climate cuvée of Sauvignon Blanc with 12% Semillon sees a combination of older barrels and a concrete egg and shows subtle vanilla, lime and lemongrass flavours. 2021-23

4 ½ Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Bucking the reductive trend, exceptional 20 (93 pts) vinified as ‘traditional dry white Bordeaux to reflect gravel-like soil’ of Stanford vineyard. Spice from old-oak ferment /6 months ageing, subtle white-asparagus & wild yeast aromas, smooth & controlled salty palate. 12% semillon adds lemon nuance, informs seemingly endless finish.

Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2021: Gold

Tasting Notes

Painted Wolf Lightning Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is an exuberant expression of the rich biodiversity of the South African terroir and the characteristic zest of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. As you pour a glass, expect a vibrant symphony of scents to greet you. The bouquet is dominated by refreshing notes of grapefruit, green apple, and freshly cut grass, alongside a delicate whisper of tropical passion fruit. On the palate, this wine truly comes alive. The citrusy overtones carry through, with a zesty grapefruit flavor at the forefront, enhanced by nuances of green apple and a hint of ripe passion fruit. The overall profile is beautifully balanced with a lively acidity that heightens the fruit’s freshness and adds an invigorating crispness. The finish of Painted Wolf Lightning Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is long and refreshing, leaving a satisfying citrusy tang on the palate. This wine is the perfect companion for light dishes, seafood, and salads, enhancing the flavors of your meal while offering an exhilarating wine experience. Embrace the invigorating spirit of the South African landscapes with Painted Wolf Lightning Sauvignon Blanc 2020. With its energetic flavors and commitment to conservation, this wine offers a thrilling adventure that extends beyond the glass. Order your bottle today and taste the wild energy of Africa.