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Spioenkop Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Grapes Sauvignon Blanc
Clone 161 & 317
Aspect South East (SE) – South (S)
Altitude 265 m – 300 m
Distance from the sea 12 km
Soil type Table Mountain Sandstone / Shale / Clay
Rootstock Ruggeri – R101
Age of the vines 6 year
Trellising 7 strand hedge
Pruning 2 buds
Harvest date Between the 28th of February and 3 March 2011


Winemaking record: Hand-picked grapes in small 18kg boxes, one night in the cool store (3°C) and than destemmed and slightly crushed. Two days juice extraction/skin contact in red fermentor; the grape-skins were slowly pressed in a stainless steel basket press (JLB 5). After 2 days of settlement the juice fermented at 12°C with a mix of neutral yeast and that for 15 days.

Maturation prior to release - 7 months on his nature fine lees and stirring every week

Bottling the 6th of September 2011
Wine analysis alcohol 13 %
total acid 6,29 g/l
PH 3,14
residual sugar 1,57 g/l
Cellaring potential 3 years


Winemakers comments: Brilliant crystal colour with a fine green nuance, flintiness, pear and a mélange of white currants, tropical notes and subtle herbal aromas. This wine has more minerality and complexity than just a fruit driven style of Sauvignon Blanc. The structure is beautiful in balance and has a smoothly texture that gives the wine a long length and charm.

Recommended food pairing - Shellfish, lobster and fine salads with a certain freshness

 

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