Sauvignon Blanc 2017

An aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with a combination of tropical, citrus and green aromas. Aromas of gooseberries, guava, lemon zest with hints of asparagus and green fig. A refreshing, crisp acidity finishes off the initial sensation of creaminess on the mid-palate. The ideal companion to traditional chicken pie, but also try it with shellfish or pork.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol 13.5 % vol Sugar 2.4 g/l
TA 6.5 g/l pH 3.45
ACCOLADES
  • SAWi Awards '17 - Grand Slam: 100 points
  • SAWi Awards '17 - Top Ranging Sauvignon Blanc: 2nd Position
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  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '17: Silver - 2017 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '17: 90 points - 2017 vintage
  • NWC/Top 100 SA Wines '17: Double Gold - 2016 vintage
  • Veritas '16: Silver - 2016 vintage
  • IWSC '16: Silver - 2016 vintage
  • Wine Spectator Review '16: 87 points - 2015 vintage
  • International Wine Challenge '16: Gold - 2015 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '16: Silver - 2015 vintage
  • NWC/Top 100 SA: Top 100/Double Silver - 2015 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '16: Silver - 2015 vintage
  • IWC '16: Gold - 2015 vintage
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards: Silver - 2015 vintage
  • SBIG FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc '15: Top 10 - 2015 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '16: Four Star - 2015 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '15: 4 stars - 2014 vintage
  • IWSC '15: Silver - 2014 vintage
  • IWC '15: Trophy, Gold - 2014 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '15: 92 points - 2014 vintage
  • Stephen Tanzer '15: 90 points - 2014 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '15: Silver - 2014 vintage
  • Sommelier Wine Awards '15: Bronze - 2014 vintage
  • SAWi Awards '15: Platinum
  • Vertias '13: Silver - 2013 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '14: 4 stars - 2013 vintage
  • Sommelier Wine Awards '14: Gold - 2013 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '14: Bronze - 2013 vintage
  • Veritas '14: Silver - 2013 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '14: 91 points - 2013 vintage
  • Robert Parker '14: 88 points - 2013 vintage
  • UK IWC '14: Silver - 2013 vintage
  • SA Wine Index '13: Platinum - 2013 vintage
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '12: Gold - 2012 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '13: 4 stars - 2012 vintage
  • Top 100 SA Wines '13: - 2012 vintage
  • Concours Mondial du Sauvignon '13: Gold - 2012 vintage
  • Old Mutual Trophy '13: Best Unwooded SA Sauvignon Blanc - 2012 vintage
  • SAWi Awards '13 - Top SA Sauvignon Blanc:
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '11: Gold - 2011 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '12: 4 stars - 2011 vintage
  • Concours Mondial du Sauvignon '12: Gold - 2011 vintage
  • ANA First/Business Class Selection '12: - 2011 vintage
  • IWC '11: Silver - 2010 vintage
  • Wine Magazine: 4.5 stars - 2010 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '11: 4 stars - 2010 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '10: Silver - 2010 vintage
  • Top 100 SA Wines '11: - 2010 vintage
  • FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition '10: Top 10 - 2010 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '10: 4 stars - 2009 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Nov '09: 4 stars - 2009 vintage
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show '10: Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc (unwooded) - 2009 vintage
  • Veritas '08: Double Gold - 2008 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '09: Regional Trophy SA Sauvignon Blanc - 2008 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '08: 4 stars - 2008 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Nov '08: 3.5 stars - 2008 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 88 - 2008 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 88 - 2007 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '08: 4 stars - 2007 vintage
  • Veritas: Gold - 2007 vintage
  • Veritas '07: Gold - 2007 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '07: 4 stars - 2006 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Nov '06: 4.5 stars - 2006 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards: Silver - 2005 vintage
  • Wine Spectator: 84 - 2005 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Nov '05: 4 stars - 2005 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '06: 4 stars - 2005 vintage
  • SAA Selections '05: First and Premium Class - 2004 vintage
  • Classic Wine Trophy (SA): Silver - 2004 vintage
  • Wine Magazine '04: 3.5 stars - 2004 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '04: Silver - 2004 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '05: 4 stars - 2004 vintage
  • Wine of the Month Club '03: Reserve - 2003 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '04: Silver - 2003 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '03: Silver - 2003 vintage
  • Wine Magazine '03: 3 stars - 2003 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '04: 4 stars - 2003 vintage
  • Platters's SA Wine Guide '03: 4.5 stars - 2002 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '02: Silver - 2002 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '02: 3.5 stars - 2001 vintage
VINEYARDS & VINIFICATION

Facing: South and East
Soil types: Slate and Sandstone
Age of vines: 16 years
Vineyard area: 12.4 ha
Yield per hectare: 9 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: SB316 on Richter 99, SB10 on Richter 110
Harvest date: 1 February - 27 February 2017
Degree balling at harvest: Early morning hand harvested at 20 – 23.5ºB
Vinification: Reductive style, cold crush 8°C; Skin contact for 8 hours, only free run juice used; Settle for 2 days at 10°C; Fermentation for 22- 30 days at 12°C with selected yeast strains; 4 months on lees contact with weekly tank bâttonage.
Optimum drinking time: 1 – 3 years after release

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