SC_SauvBlanc_2016

Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Rootstock: Richter 99
Fruit source: from the Round Mountain vineyard on our Oude Nektar farm.
Yield: 6.5 tons/h
Total production: 2140 bottles
˚B at harvest: 21.5-23˚
Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acid: 7.5
Residual sugar: 3.9
Age of vines: 25 years average at harvest
Trellis: 5-wire vsp
Irrigation: supplemental drip irrigation
Vineyard elevation: 350m

Details of vinification and oaking:

This is from one of the oldest blocks on the farm. For many years it has been under contract to another winery, so this is actually the first year we have bottled wine from it. We think it was worth the wait! Because it is older and fairly low-yielding, it makes a quite rich wine. We decided to handle it in a classic, traditional “Graves” style. That is, it was carefully barrel-fermented in mainly older, neutral oak. Part of the grapes were whole bunch pressed to preserve acidity. The wine was given regular lees-stirring, then allowed to settle naturally. We gave the wine a minimum protein fining and let the wine clarify naturally. It was bottled with minimum filtration and no other stabilization.

Winemaker’s notes:

Intriguing complex aromas of grapefruit and lime with chamomile and some wild fynbos notes. Intense and persistent on the palate with a great depth of fruit and an excellent, grippy acidity.