Sauvignon Blanc takes centre stage


This year the limelight undoubtedly belonged to one very special cultivar – our super sexyand seriously scintillating Sauvignon Blanc. Consumer interest in this variety has never been stronger, with Sauvignon Blanc going from ‘flavour of the month’ to unequivocal bestseller. This year the results from South Africa’s top wine competitions have once againunderlined Graham Beck’s status as one of South Africa’s foremost Sauvignon Blanc producers.The Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run 2009 claimed its place in the Top 10 and scored a whopping five stars at the WINE magazine 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Awards. Not to be outdone the Pheasants’ Run 2008 also made the prestigious Top 10 line-up with no less than four and a half stars. This extraordinary wine is also the only Sauvignon Blanc to repeatedly be chosen for the Top 10 since the inception of this competition.

This stellar performance followed closely on the heels of a series of outstanding achievements. At the 2009 Veritas Awards, announced in October this year, the Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008 walked off with a Double Gold Medal, while the 2009 vintage of this wine scored a Gold Medal. Both the Graham Beck Pheasants’ Run Sauvignon Blanc 2008 and the Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (the estate’s very popular varietal Sauvignon) bagged Double Gold Medals at the 2009 Michelangelo Wine Awards. At the same time the Pheasants’ Run 2009 scooped a Gold Medal.

Earlier in the year the Pheasants’ Run ’08 sparkled as one of the Top 10 wines at the Bartho Eksteen Sauvignon Blanc Celebration. At the South African National Young Wine Show the Pheasants’ Run has also demonstrated its true colours, having earned the title of SA Champion Sauvignon Blanc three times in four years – proof that even as a fledgling wine it appeared destined for success.

“I believe the consumer wants to drink a Sauvignon Blanc that has the following winning combination: elegance, a rich ripe style, true purity of fruit, great mouth-feel, fresh and lively acidity as well as a sumptuous palate. A tall order, but one which the Pheasants’ Run more than generously fulfills,” comments Graham Beck’s Franschhoek winemaker Erika Obermeyer. The Pheasants’ Run is undeniably Erika’s “baby” and this self-confessed “Sauvignon Blanc fanatic” has nursed this over-achiever every step of the way on its path to success.

“I just can’t help it, but every sip of a great example of Sauvignon Blanc results in a ‘goose bumps’ moment! I love the challenge that this varietal offers. There is absolutely no room for error at any stage of making a great Sauvignon Blanc,” says Erika.


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