Named #59 on Wine Spectators' top #100 wines of 2020, Southern Right is part of the Hamilton Russell family of wineries where they are free to explore the limits of Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc on a near-identical terroir while keeping Hamilton Russell synonymous with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Southern Right is a massive 448-hectare property that lies on the western border of Hamilton-Russell in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. Only 3 kilometers from the ocean, the coastal location dramatically influences the vines in both minerality and ripeness. The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc combines old-world minerality and structure with new world fruit and appeal, delicately weaving them together into an outstanding value. Rarely do we see this much minerality and concentration of fruit in this price range, this drinks at a much higher level than it appears and is another case of don't let the price tag fool you. The 2019 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent cellar saver that appeals to fans of the new and old world.
Vinous (Neil Martin) 91 points! "The 2019 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc underwent a small natural ferment in barrel. It has quite a punchy nose, the nettle, gooseberry and Granny Smith apple aromas storming from the glass. The palate is fresh and lively on the entry. As usual, this is a somewhat uncompromising Sauvignon Blanc with pungent bell pepper and light asparagus notes, good weight and a tangy, marmalade-tinged finish whose residual salinity beckons you back for more. Excellent."
Wine Spectator (AZ) 90 points! "This displays intensity and precision, with notes of fleur de sel and sage underscoring grapefruit and white peach flavors. Shows a bit of crunch in texture. Long, inviting and quite balanced."