A Sauvignon Blanc with real confidence and swagger. Don’t let the nose frighten you – on first sniff, it’s certainly an unabashed Sauvignon Blanc, with masses of nettly, blackcurrant leaf notes, finely chopped green pepper, green apple and white pepper. However, Emerald is certainly no one trick pony. Whilst the nose first dominates with green notes, it opens and broadens, with the palate matching, brimming with Canteloupe melon, super ripe mango and passion fruit. Rounded, luscious with mouth coating glycerol and a long finish. Crying out to be paired with a baked goats cheese drizzled with honey, or radicchio with an orangey dressing!
A joint venture between winemaker Martin Smith and businessman Ndabe Mareda, their goal is to produce fine wines that are truly authentic to the place and people that made them. They call both Franschhoek and Tulbagh home, with a beautiful tasting room and some vineyards in the much loved foodie town of Franschhoek, and a recently purchased farm in the lesser known region of Tulbagh. It is here where self confessed Cabernet junkie Martin sees the greatest potential for the grape in the Cape, and where they are planting for the future.
The name derives from the Latin Passeriformes, the type of bird that includes swifts, swallows and martins; all birds that follow the epic migration from Europe to South Africa, representing the often travelled route by young winemakers gaining experience abroad before returning to their home country.
The Elements range was introduced in the Summer of 2020 offering a more affordable range of super wines. As Martin says, “the wines to drink and enjoy whilst you wait for the flagship range to mature!”