Sauvignon Blanc 2016

A unique Sauvignon blanc that cannot be compared to any other. Powerful concentrated layers of green figs and gooseberries, with a touch of grapefruit, fynbos and a steely minerality on the palate. A reflection of the cool maritime climate of Elim where the grapes are sourced. Lees contact during the winemaking process creates length and richness on the aftertaste, which will progress even more over the next 2 or 3 years. This wine can stand its own against any great seafood or poultry dishes.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol 13.2% vol Sugar 2.9g/l
TA 6.7g/l pH 3.50
ACCOLADES
  • Decanter Wine World Awards '17: Silver - 2016 vintage
  • Vertias '16: Double Gold - 2016 vintage
  • IWSC '16: Silver Outstanding - 2015 vintage
  • NWC/Top 100 SA '16: Top 100/Double Silver - 2015 vintage
  • Decanter Wold Wine Awards '16: Gold - 2015 vintage
  • Concours Mondial du Sauvignon '16: Gold - 2015 vintage
  • Veritas '15: Double Gold - 2015 vintage
  • SA Terroir Wine Awards '15: Top Sauvignon Blanc - 2015 vintage
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '15: Silver - 2015 vintage
  • Platter SA Wine Guide '16: Five Star - 2014 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '14: Silver - 2014 vintage
  • IWSC '15: Silver - 2014 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '15: Silver - 2014 vintage
  • Sommelier Wine Awards '15: Bronze - 2014 vintage
  • International Wine Challenge '15: Bronze - 2014 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '14: Silver - 2013 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '14: Silver - 2013 vintage
  • Platter SA Wine Guide '15: 4.5 Star - 2013 vintage
  • Robert Parker '14: 88 Points - 2013 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '12: Silver - 2012 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '13: 4 stars - 2012 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '13: International Trophy for top Sauvignon Blanc above £15 - 2012 vintage
  • Veritas '13: Gold - 2012 vintage
  • Platter SA Wine Guide '14: Four Star - 2012 vintage
  • SA Wine Index Awards '13: Platinum - 2012 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards: Regional Trophy - 2012 vintage
  • top 100 SA Wines '13: Top 100 - 2012 vintage
  • Veritas '11: Gold - 2011 vintage
  • FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition '11: Top 10 - 2011 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '11: Silver - 2011 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '12: 4 stars - 2011 vintage
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show '12: Silver - 2011 vintage
  • Robert Parker's WineAdvocate, Dec '12: 89 points - 2011 vintage
  • Sommelier Wine Awards '12: Gold - 2011 vintage
  • Top 100 SA Wines '12: Top 100 - 2011 vintage
  • South African Terrior Awards '13: Sauvignon Blanc Varietal Trophy - 2011 vintage
  • SA Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc '11: Top 10 - 2011 vintage
  • Top 100 SA Wines '11: Top 100 - 2010 vintage
  • Veritas '10: Gold - 2010 vintage
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show '11: Silver - 2010 vintage
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards '10: Silver - 2010 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide, '11: 4 stars - 2010 vintage
  • Wine Magazine: 3.5 stars - 2010 vintage
  • Winemakers Choice, Sep '09: Diamond Award - 2009 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Nov '09: 4 stars - 2009 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '10: 4 stars - 2009 vintage
  • Wine Magazine, Nov '08, SA Top Ten: 4 stars - 2008 vintage
  • Winemakers Choice, Sep '08: Diamond Award - 2008 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '09: 4 stars - 2008 vintage
VINEYARDS & VINIFICATION

Facing: South
Soil types: Bokkeveld Slate, Koffieklip and Gravel
Age of vines: 14 years, Elim Ward
Vineyard area: 20 ha
Yield per hectare: 7 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: SB10, SB159, SB316 on Richter 99
Harvest date: 30 January - 23 February 2016
Degree balling at harvest: Early morning hand harvested at 21.5 - 23.5ºB
Vinification: Reductive style, cold crushed at 8ºC, skin contact for 6 hours, only free run juice used, settle for 3 days at 10ºC; fermented for 21 days at 12ºC with selected yeast strain; lees contact for 5 months, tank bâttonage weekly
Optimum drinking time: 2-5 years after release

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