Hillcrest specializes in Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. 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.
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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 grapefruit character and well-balanced acidity that is
crisp but not angular or sharp. The lemon-cream mouthfeel layers with
lime and gooseberry and a spicy verve on the outer cheeks in a good
length of finish.