This time of the year in the Cape it is very much harvest time. Farms are either furiously doing it, talking about it, or planning for it. The air is filled with the aroma of crushed grapes and there is a definite frisson in the air. One of the great things for us drinkers is that we are drinking some the fruits of LAST year’s harvest and how fabulous some of them are.

            The star


One of my favourites is Sauvignon Blanc which one can drink quite early and one of the best is Survivor from Ben Snyman at Overhex. The story of the Nguni cow is well known and very much a symbol of this go getting group .


The 2021 vintage is delicious  with a lively character– enticing  with aromas of sun-ripe gooseberry and freshly crushed herbs.  The crisp acidity and subtle minerality perfectly represent the pure fruit flavours of the Elgin Valley wines.

Grapes at their best.


The grapes were grown on sandy loam soils and colder sites, and throughout the ripening season, the vines were not irrigated and had to dig their roots deeper in search of water. This results in really superior fruit which makes for a refreshing, fruit-driven wine, the perfect partner for Summer get-togethers. It pairs perfectly with seasonal seafood dishes and fresh ingredients like asparagus and artichokes or indulgent Boursin Cheese. I love it on its own as an aperitif—really cold.

About R150 at the cellar.

Pierre Wahl

Other news from Survivor is that Master Winemaker, Pierre Wahl , who spent 20 years at Rijk’s in Tulbagh making some of the finest wines in the country, especially Pinotage, will be joining them to take charge of the Survivor range. Watch this space. One door closes, another opens. We wish him only good things for the future,.