The Bowline 2018

Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes are vinified separately. Early morning hand harvested at 22.5-23.5 balling. Winemaking processing is done in reductive conditions with the use of dry ice and carbon dioxide gas. Grapes crushed at 8 degrees Celsius with approximately 6 hours skin contact before a light pressing. 2 days of juice settling followed by 50% of Sauvignon blanc racked to tank for fermentation. 10% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon racked to barrel for natural fermentation and maturation in 400L French oak barrels for a total of 10 months. After maturation the blend is made. 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, 50% tank fermented, 50% barrel fermented: 20% new oak, 10% 2nd, 10% 3rd and 10% 4th fill tight grain barrels with medium toast.

ANALYSIS
Alcohol 13.2% vol Sugar 2.6 g/l
TA 6.1 g/l pH 3.4
ACCOLADES
  • SAWi Awards '18 - Platinum : 98.2
  • Sommelier Wine Awards '20 : Gold - 2017 vintage
  • Platter's SA Wine Guide '20 : 4.5 stars - 2017 vintage
  • Veritas '19 : Gold - 2017 vintage
  • Old Mutual Wine Trophy '19 : Silver - 2017 vintage
  • Platter's Wine Guide : 4.5 Stars - 2017 vintage
  • Michelangelo '18 : Double Gold - 2017 vintage
  • Tim Atkin Report '18 : 95 Points - 2017 vintage
  • NWC Top 100 '19 : Double Gold - 2017 vintage
  • Winemag: Sauv-Sem Blend Report '18 : 90 Points - 2017 vintage
  • Winemag: Sauv-Sem Blend Report '18 : 91 Points - 2016 vintage
  • IWSC '18 : Silver - 2016 vintage
  • Veritas '18 : Double Gold - 2016 vintage
  • Walker Bay and Cape Agulhas Districts Terroir Awards '18 : Top White Blend - 2016 vintage
  • Concours Mondial Du Sauvignon '18 : Gold - 2016 vintage
  • Michelangelo Wine Awards '17 : Gold - 2016 vintage
  • Veritas '17 : Double Gold - 2016 vintage
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show '18 : Silver - 2016 vintage
  • Top100/NWC '18 : Double Silver - 2016 vintage
  • Platter's Wine Guide '18 : 4.5 stars - 2016 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '17 : 94 points - 2016 vintage
  • Stephen Tanzer USA '17 : 91 points - 2015 vintage
  • NWC/Top 100 SA Wines '17 : Top100/Double Platinum - 2015 vintage
  • Decanter Wine World Awards '17 : Silver - 2015 vintage
  • Veritas '16 : Gold - 2015 vintage
  • IWSC '16 : Silver Outstanding - 2015 vintage
  • Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards '16 District : Top White Blend - 2015 vintage
  • NWC/Top 100 SA '16 : Top 100/Double Gold - 2015 vintage
  • National Wine Challenge/Top 100 SA '16 : Double Gold - 2015 vintage
  • Platter SA Wine Guide '16 : 4.5 star - 2014 vintage
  • IWSC '15 : Gold Outstanding - 2014 vintage
  • Tim Atkin '15 : 94 points - 2014 vintage
  • Concourse Mondial du Sauvignon : Silver - 2014 vintage
  • International Wine Challenge '15 : Silver - 2014 vintage
  • Decanter World Wine Awards '15 : Bronze - 2014 vintage
  • 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
VINEYARDS & VINIFICATION

Facing: South
Soil types: Bokkeveld Slate, Koffieklip and Gravel
Age: Sauvignon Blanc 14.5 ha = 15 years and Semillon 1.3 ha = 14 years
Planted: 12 ha
Yield per hectare: 8 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: DD1, SB159, 317
Harvest date: 15 February - 7 March 2018

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