The Penniless Pensioner could be an angry and bitter man about his fate. Although he claims to be a handy scapegoat for Elvis Mixer a very nasty New York Sate prosecutor looking for cannon fodder and a seat in the New York State Assembly for a crusader against Madoff madness he admits it was his greed in investing vast sums of money with Madoff that brought him to ruin. As for Mixer he calls him a asshole doing his job to be a politician which says a lot about politicians!
What has helped him is his mindfulness which he picked up in his Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course his psychiatrist recommended to him. He claimed he was a flaming mental mess as a result of his financial losses and litigation. But mindfulness has taught him to accept what happened and live in peace with it as the past is the past and there is no sense in agonizing over it if you can’t change it. Mixer did try and uncover the Penniless Pensioner’s South African Bank Accounts at Zuma Bank in Cape Town but he could not trace them fool that he was winks PP! It helps to have a girlfriend at the South Africa Bank Regulatory Authority who likes a case or two of Margaux.
He excitedly called me this week saying there was a budget South African Sauvignon Blanc from Sutherland at $14.95 rated a 17/20 by his former favourite British wine writer Jancis Robinson. He asked me as his favourite, knowledgeable, insightful, brilliant, and modest wine writer to check out this wine to see if it was a gem. Doing the math since I rate on a 100 scale it would need an 85 to match Robinson’s rating.
The wine has a pale gold colour. On the nose there is a bit of South African funk one encounters more with red than white wines. I am somewhat used to it so it does not throw me. Aside from the funk I can say this is far from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Gooseberry, sweet white grapefruit and guava with a bit of a smoky frame. It has some light tannins on the palate giving it some grip and persistence. It also has a bit of noticeable acidity that pairs well with the faint tannins. Weak notes of white pepper, white grapefruit, vanilla bean and bone dry. Short finish. Built for food. Not having been to South Africa I can’t think of a local food pairing. As the PP lives in a low rent apartment in a heavily Muslim populated suburb of Toronto he has access to frequently discounted Halal chicken and lots of Japanese ready mix curry mixes so I would suggest broiled chicken breast or thighs in a sauce of chicken stock, white wine, tarragon and cream over Basmati rice or curried chicken with an S&B hot curry sauce mix.
As for the Robinson description of the wine our scores may be close but our taste buds are far apart.
(Sutherland 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, WO Elgin, Thelema Mountain Vineyards, Stellenbosch, South Africa, $14.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 203877, 750 mL, 13%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating, 86/100).