Strawlike colour with hints of tropical fruit, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit. The wine has a good weight and balance on the palate, layered with minerality. The skillful management of extended lees contact is evident in the freshness and mouthfeel that this wine portrays.
IN THE VINEYARD
The vineyard is located high up in the Bottelary Hills of Stellenbosch at an altitude of 295m on a south eastern slope. Cool breezes from the Atlantic ocean make the site perfect for Sauvignon blanc. The vineyard shows vigorous growth and supplementary irrigation is performed when necessary.
Training method: 5- wire trellis system
Soil Types: Oakleaf, high potential soil
Harvest date: 21 Feb 2018. Harvested by hand.
Yield: 63.6hl- and 10.6 tonnes per hectare
IN THE CELLAR
Extremely dry year, but still an excellent crop (see the grape analysis). An outstanding vintage, no heat waves, and low night temperatures together with the dry summer provided healthy and flavourful grapes, almost no botrytis, some raisins. Nine hours skin contact, juice cleaned by settling. 100% free run juice. Wine lees re-montage performed twice a week for 6 months in order to extract more flavor and body.