Ghost Corner The Bowline 2013

Sailors call the bowline the ‘king of knots’- a strong simple knot that symbolises union, completion and eternal devotion. This white blend ‘ties the knot’ between Sauvignon blanc and Semillon. Ripe asparagus notes from the Sauvignon blanc complement the green fig and dusty elements from the Semillon. A complex wine with well-balanced oak with a refreshing, smooth finish. Enjoyed with roast chicken or fresh seafood.

Alcohol 13.1% vol Sugar 2.3 g/l TA 6.3 g/l pH 3.4

Platter’s SA Wine Guide ’15: 4.5 stars – 2013 vintage
Tim Atkin ’14: 93 points – 2013 vintage
Michelangelo Wine Awards ’14: Gold – 2013 vintage
Platter’s SA Wine Guide ’14: 5 stars – 2012 vintage

Facing: South
Soil types: Bokkeveld Slate, Koffieklip and Gravel
Age of vines: 12 years
Vineyard area: 12 ha
Yield per hectare: 8 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: DD1, SB159, 317
Harvest date: 19 Feb – 15 March 2013
Degree balling at harvest: Early morning hand harvested, sauvignon blanc 22 – 23.5°B, semillon at 22.5°B
Vinification: Each cultivar has been vinified separately – made in a reductive style; Fermentation: Grapes are cold crushed at 8°C, skin contact for 8 hours, pressing, only free run juice used, settle for 2 days at 10°C; Lees contact: Sauvignon blanc specially selected, fermented and kept in stainless steel tank for 9 months before blending, semillon taken to 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels, fermented and matured in barrel for 9 months, 52% sauvignon blanc, 48% semillon; Barrel maturation: barrels are medium toast; tight grain – Burgundy coopers, a combination of 300 and 400l barrels
Optimum drinking time: 3 – 5 years after release.

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