Painted Wolf Lightning Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Tasting Notes

Winery: Painted Wolf
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
SKU: PAILIGSAU2020 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Painted Wolf Lightning Sauvignon Blanc 2020



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.

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

Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2021: Gold

Winemaker Notes

Every now and again we hear of a parcel of grapes with an interesting story or discover a vineyard that gets our creative juices flowing. This range of wines comprises small volume, premium wines from exclusive and sustainably-farmed vineyards.
Lighting was the Kruger National Park’s most famous painted wolf. The alpha male of the Skukuza Pack, with his signature lightning flash on his left side he was easily identifiable and beloved by researchers as the quintessential African wild dog.

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes came from the beautiful Vaalvlei vineyard in Stanford, which is close to the ocean and has decomposed granite soil. The Semillon is from Robert Stanford vineyard.

This is an elegant, layered Sauvignon Blanc, reminiscent of a dry white Bordeaux. A sophisticated, rich wine with layers of citrus, straw and
minerality, herbal notes and a hint of creamy vanilla.

This wine will continue to develop over the next 3-4 years.

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