Our wine of the week, in collaboration with wine.co.za, is Fryer’s Cove Doringbay Sauvignon Blanc 2022.
Fryer’s Cove crafts fine wines in the heart of the West Coast. The winery is some 300 km from Cape Town, located in the small fishing village of Doringbaai between Vredendal and Lutzville.
The vines of Fryer’s Cove – located at the Bamboesbaai ward, north of Doringbaai – dot the hillside 500m from where the cold ocean throws its breakers against a rocky shore. This is the only vineyard within the Bamboes Bay ward, the smallest ward in South Africa.
The winery itself is perched on the jetty that juts into the cold South Atlantic Ocean. The unique winery building is an old crayfish factory, and their winery, as far as they know, is the only winery in the world built on the sea!
The locals are as robust and unfettered as the landscape, and this terroir imbues every bottle of Fryer’s Cove wine. Fryer’s Cove wines have a distinct maritime flavour, hence their slogan “forged of the earth, Tempered by the sea”. The Fryer’s Cove wines are made by Liza Goodwin, who is the winemaker and general manager of the winery.
The Fryer’s Cove Doring Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2022 is a stunning wine. It is a fresh, crisp dry white wine that is full of tropical fruit flavours. “This Sauvignon Blanc must shout at you,” reads the wine’s tasting notes. “‘Fresh, Crisp, Steely, Grassy, Ripe, Tangy, Tropical Fruit – Please enjoy me now!’ We think it does!”
This Sauvignon Blanc displays all the hallmarks of Fryer’s Cove’s unique West Coast style of cool climate Sauvignon Blanc that comes from the sea mists of the ice-cold South Atlantic Ocean. Suggested food pairings with the Fryer’s Cove Doring Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2022 are cheese (especially goat’s cheese); green vegetables (asparagus, zucchini, fresh peas, artichokes); oysters; delicate fish like sole; and mild vinaigrettes.