How’s this for serendipity? This afternoon over some delicious tacos I met Tom Lynch, the founder of Worthwhile Wines, which imports Fair Trade Certified wines from South Africa. I told him about the CorkPopper Project and how this month’s focus is on South Africa, and, lo and behold, he pulled out a bottle of 2009 Partnership Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa’s Riebeek Valley (which he was going to be pouring anyway for this afternoon’s liveblogging session). Partnership Vineyards is a partnership between farm and cellar workers (40%), farmers (40%), and Riebeek Cellars (20%), which is pretty awesome in a country where, until the lifting of Apartheid in 1994, was a severely segregated society both racially and economically. I, of course, am a sucker for socially responsible businesses, and I just think this one is especially cool.
Better yet, the wine is good. It has a nice aroma of grapefruit, pears, and a little minerality. The mouthfeel, however, is what I really like. It is surprisingly creamy for a Sauvignon Blanc, with some lemon zest and a nice herbaceous note right in the middle that made me want some seared scallops with just a touch of garlic, white wine, and cream sauce. Yum.