Hillcrest specializes in Sauvignon Blanc. This is their third vintage and it has been incredible to watch the flavor development. We are certainly excited by this winery. Located high on Durbanville Hills, the vineyards overlook the South Atlantic Ocean to the West, including Robben Island and Table Mountain to the southwest. The Sauvignon Blanc block is the highest vineyard on the farm, known as Block 7 and is 3.63 acres. With an average yield of 2.4 tons per acre, the grapes are harvested in two passes. First the unshaded exposed grapes, which captures fresh citrus flavors and later the shaded grapes within the canopy which impart classic pyrazine/grassy characters. This practice seeks to ensure optimal phenological ripeness of all the grapes.
A refreshing surprise in a category crowded with tropical and grass
and wannabees. Hillcrest Sauvignon Blanc has a lemongrass nose, fresh
summer salad greens, something savory, an intriguing hint of jalepeno
and good minerality. The aromas are intense and the flavors reflect the
aromas with layered density. The wine fills the mouth with a good and
well-balanced acidity that is crisp but not angular or sharp. It has a
consistent creamy, round full body with a great lime and gooseberry
length. The flavors continue to re-appear long afterwards.