The 2017 vintage had laid a few gems in the Benguela Cove crown with the Catalina Semillon 2017 taking the lead in the 2019 SA Platters Guide. Scoring 92 points in the 2019 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report, the newly released Benguela Cove Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 has joined these ranks, highlighting that this cool climate estate can do the King of Grapes justice with balance, power and finesse.
Now there is a name that kneads recognition, something a lot more wineries should get their fists into. When shaped into something special, one is rewarded with plenty of deliciousness to feed thy wine soul.
I have the grave suspicion that many wine drinkers deprive themselves of the privilege to enjoy different wines due to the simple fact that they cannot pronounce its name. Loosely translated as “the little green one” in French, “Petit Verdot” doesn’t exactly hold the promise of something fruity either, and it certainly doesn’t help that it is most often hidden away in blends.
9 April 2019: The long-awaited SA 2019 Platters five-star achiever, Benguela Cove Catalina Semillon 2017, was launched with great fanfare at the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate this past weekend. Following suit was the estate’s new artisan range, Vinography, sharing the platform with the estate’s latest vintage releases. The tasting was ruled by a distinguished 2017 vintage, the year in which the wine cellar was completed, celebrating a huge milestone for Benguela Cove.
Winemaker Johann Fourie thought about naming his small-batch wines like any dad would ponder about the name of his firstborn. Not that this would be the first time he pushes the boundaries, but it would be the first time that Benguela Cove would highlight vineyards with a trajectory of consistent quality.