Sauvignon Blanc 2023
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Sauvignon Blanc is arguably our least known wine but surprises us by being our most successful label in terms of volume sales; and is certainly South Africa’s best performing white wine. Our geographic location, lying within five kilometers of the cool Atlantic Ocean, offers the most ideal temperature zone of the Cape. Added to this, the heavy shale clay soil that typifies the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley lends an inviting tropical tone to the flavour profile of this vintage.
Moderate and mild winter weather was experienced, with average rainfall, whichcontinued into spring and early summer. These conditions, ideal for slow and evenripening, was interrupted during the middle of December, with the arrival of somerefreshing showers. January saw a continuation of dry and cool conditions, coincidingneatly with an earlier maturity of those cultivars that usually ripen first. During thethird week of February, however, a massive 80mm downpour, had set the tone forthe rest of the vintage. By the last day of picking, 240mm had fallen since harveststarted. Rigorous selection of only ripe and healthy bunches, proved critical. Mostvineyards cropped lower than the long-term average, mostly due to adverseflowering conditions.
91 pts – The International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2023
91 pts – James Suckling, 2023
Semillon, a traditional blending partner of Sauvignon blanc, fulfils vital roles in toningdown racy edges and adds to ageing potential. This vintage sees the majority Semillonfermented in old oak, partially permitted to undergo malo-lactic fermentation, inorder to build palate breadth and texture. A number of vineyards, mostly planted toSB11, SB316 and SB317 clones, contribute to this wine. Further aromatic complexityis gained by employing a range of yeast strains, each selected to complement a set offermentation conditions. Bottled in June 2023.
Alcohol: 13.06 vol%
Total Acidity: 6.6 g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.6 g/l
Total So2: 109 mg/l
Volatile Acidity: 0.35 g/l
Suitable for Vegans
Aromatic and distinctive, boasting aromas of passionfruit, lemongrass and jasmineflower. A tangy apple and poached pear character balances with the supple structureof this wine. A touch of savoury salt marks the finish. Impressive for its focus andrefreshing quality. Serve chilled and enjoy as the wine unfolds in your glass.
Ripe camembert dressed in toasted almonds and fragrant wild honey. Creamymushroom risotto, Thai (chilli) chicken soup or a flavourful seafood bisque will pairbeautifully with our Sauvignon Blanc.