Old Mutual Trophy Wine Awards 2013 - Bronze
Clear and bright with a lime green tinge in colour, going over to complex aromas of limes and greener gooseberries and passion fruit. The palate shows abundant granadillas and gooseberries, accentuated by a juicy, fresh acidity, which carries the fruit right to the back of the palate and prolongs the lingering after-taste.
Savour this wine on its own, or enjoy with light seafood or poultry dishes. Works like a charm with fresh oysters.
In The Vineyard
Three different vineyards were used for the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards are planted on South facing slopes with altitudes varying from 300 - 350m above sea level.
These vineyards are the most elevated position on Zevenwacht facing False Bay, deriving full benefit from the cool sea breeze during the ripening stages. The different clones are planted to suit the site perfectly.
Weather station clones like 10 and 11 give greener flavours and clones 316 and 317 give more ripe tropical flavours. Pungency and aromatic concentration are the hallmark of a fine Sauvignon Blanc and there is no shortage of these characteristics on the lofty southern slopes of the Kuils River hills. The rows run from east to west ensuring minimum exposure to direct sunlight, which could break down pirazines in the grapes. The decomposed granite soils include desirable clay elements that retain moisture during the drier months of ripening, yet, as a result of the prominent gravel fractions, allow for excellent drainage. All these factors contribute to a cool prolonged ripening period giving the best possible chance for flavour development.
About The Harvest
To ensure they were kept cool and for the best flavour preservation the grapes were hand harvested in the early mornings. Grapes were picked at various stages of ripening to provide us a broader spectrum of flavours to work with at blending.
In The Cellar
Cool fermentation temperatures at 12 degrees Celsius have allowed outstanding expression of the herbal and pungent fruity characteristics of the grape variety. Extended post-fermentation lees contact lends mid-palate weight and a creamy texture. The wine spent 5 months on the lees. Two to three percent of this Sauvignon Blanc was barrel fermented and barrel aged in older 500 litre barrels for three months. This small barrel fermented portion and the grapes that we picked riper, gives the wine a broader, weightier mid-palate and length.