Over the past year, quite a bit has been written about the Hermit on the Hill The Infidel 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. Jamie Goode (www.wineanorak.com) gave it 93 points and described it as “A brilliant South African Sauvignon.” In Platter 2014 it was given 4.5 stars by Christian Eedes (www.winemag.co.za), and Miguel Chan gave it 92 points, and described it as: ”… broad ripe textured with moderate acidity, fresh and crunchy, juicy, spicy white pepper, hints of honeyed nutty mid palate, quite full bodied with moderate plus alcohol of 13.5% abv, long length, perfect now yet will gain further complexity in bottle over the next 5 years, up to 2019+. Must try.”
While we vowed not to enter our wines for competitions, we had little choice when the svengali of South African Sauvignon stated in December 2013: ”Is this SA’s first “Sauvignon Blanc” – a deeply superficial wine best drunk sighted?” referring to the fact that the above judges had scored the wine sighted, and implying that the judges had either been inappropriately coached, or that there were “commercial relations” between myself and some of the judges, leading them to give the wine a higher score than it deserved. We decided to let these libellous insults pass, and rather entered the wine for two blind tasting opportunities.
In the Classic Wine magazine of January 2014’s blind tasting, the wine received a 4-star rating and placed in the Top 34 wines out of 192 wines tasted (declaration: I was a judge on the competition, but my score for the wine would not have made a difference to the rating).
Most recently it was announced that The Infidel 2012 made it into the FNB Top 10 out of 199 entries. See here for more information on the competition, as well as the full results.
Some facts about the wine:
Total production – 3 029 bottles
Wine of Origin – Stellenbosch
Alcohol – 13.72%
Residual Sugar – 1.9 g/l
Recommended Retail Price: R120 per bottle
Label Design: Konrad Rode @ Rodegraphics