Rooted in deep, decomposed granite soils and cooled by the temperate sea breezes from the surrounding oceans, Buitenverwachting wines are an expression of this unique climate.

The Buitenverwachting estate, established in 1796, was originally planted by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape and the founder of South Africa as we know it today. It was originally part of the larger Constantia estate which split by Simon’s son into three parts, the others being Groote & Klein Constantia. Lars Maack and his talented winemaker, Hermann Kirschbaum’s approach is diametrically opposed to the “show young, die early” school with attractive but shortterm fruit but no site specific character.

This is particularly apparent in the way their Sauvignons evolve over time. The 2005 Sauvignon Blanc is drinking beautifully at the moment with so much depth of flavour, minerality, balance elegance and length – not what we generally associate with a sauvignon. All of their wines are at a quality level well above their price point.

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