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2015 Sauvignon Blanc

THE JUDGEMENT OF THE CELLAR MASTER

This clear wine has a brilliant pale straw colour. Inviting entry on the nose reveals multi-layered flavour, identified as uplifting green tropical fruit of granadilla layered with herbaceous aspects of nettle at the forefront (typical maritime Sauvignon Blanc). On the palate the wine shows freshness with a firm and textured mid-palate. Delightful oyster-shell minerality enhances the lingering aftertaste with layers of tropical and herbal notes. Finishing in depth with richness and texture; typical for the uniqueness of this vineyard.

THE VINEYARD

Site: Cape South Coast, Walker Bay / Bot River region, Western Cape, South Africa
Age of the vines: 8 years
Vines: Planted on drought resistant Ramsey root-stock with stronger growth characteristics for the higher lying sandy sections of the farm and wetness tolerant 8-7 rootstock for the lower laying laterite, clay areas.

THE HARVEST

The individual bunches were hand-selected (grapes are entirely hand-picked), between daybreak and mid-morning. The fruit was stored carefully in low table grape trays.
Sugar content: 23.5° Balling (Brix) / 98.8° Oe

THE WINE CELLAR

The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc grapes were handpicked during the picking window of the 2nd and 10th of February 2015. The grapes were kept overnight at 8 °C. Next day the fruit was sorted before it was carefully destemmed and gently pressed. Strictly reductive wine-making practices took place to preserve the flavour characteristics. After settling of two days at 10 °C, natural fermentation was induced after the racking from the lees. A fermentation temperature was kept at 11 to 12 °C. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine was left on the fine lees for 7 months before it was bottled on the 16th of November 2015.

FOOD SUGGESTIONS

Goat’s cheese either baked, in a salad or on its own; fish, whether it is baked, steamed, fried or served as a soup. Also, lime, coriander and garlic when cooked with fish, chicken or vegetables.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

Winemaker: Kobie Viljoen
Alcohol: 13.48 vol%
pH: 3.11
RS: 2.5 g/l
Free SO2: 22 mg/l
Total SO2: 118 mg/l
Total Acidity: 6.67 g/l
Production: 2,989 bottles

THE TOP AWARDS

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2017 Silver
Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2017 4 stars

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