With summer powering its way through ever more abrupt spring days, the swing to white wines has been faster than the fall of Bell Pottinger. A month ago, restaurants and wine stores were still doing a roaring trade in robust reds. Now even the rosés are battling to get a look in as "fresh and crisp" are the key descriptors on many shopping lists. Fortunately, the Cape’s strength in white wines offers a seemingly endless range of possibilities. For sauvignon blanc fans, there is a choice of styles and a palette of flavours to suit every palate. Oz Clarke, one of the UK’s best-known wine writers, was in SA a few years back to judge at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. At the post-judging press feedback session, he announced that the stylistic breadth of SA’s sauvignon blanc sets us apart from every other wine-producing country. "You can do fabulous Loire-style wines, but also brilliant Kiwi lookalikes. You also have your own unique expressions of the grape. Nowhere else in the world of...

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