Southern Right wins the only gold for sauvignon blanc

Date posted:
March 16, 2009


At the 2009 Santam Classic Wine Trophy awards, Anthony Hamilton Russell’s Platter 4 ½ star 2008 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc won the only gold medal awarded awarded to a sauvignon blanc. Only 5 gold medals were awarded to white wines.



“The Classic Wine Trophy remains a wine competition we take particularly seriously given its desire to reward wines with classic styling and the potential to age – both of which are attributes we aim for in all our wines. The judges are all wine professionals from France,” says Anthony.


This accolade follows on from the success of the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, selected as best South African sauvignon blanc in the Wall Street Journal, which achieved two scores of 90/100 and was rated as one of the top wine values of 2008 in the Wine Spectator magazine.  


The Southern Right 2008 Sauvignon Blanc was made in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Ward from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley grown grapes and grapes grown in other parts of the Walker Bay District. It is currently on tight allocation awaiting the release of the 2009 vintage in July.


Currently 430 bottles of the 2004 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc (the 10th anniversary vintage) are ageing under approximately 9 meters of cold seawater in the Walker Bay for release when they are ten years old.


“The control bottles which are ageing in our cellar are tasting beautiful at 5 years old. Who says South African sauvignon blanc can’t age!”




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