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Downes Family Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Downes Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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91 pts Tim Atkin – One of two Shannon Sauvignon Blancs, this is the (mew) wooded version and contains 11% Semillon. Nettley and fresh, with notes of lime and fresh herbs and deftly handled vanilla spice. 2019-23


The focus of this wine is based on a vineyard component arising from low yielding Table Mountain Sandstone soils. Using neutral yeasts, Shannon Sauvignon Blanc expresses very distinctive and concentrated primary fruit aromas of asparagus, citrus, and some capsicum in a minerally and flinty style. The clay/shale soils however, provide the Sauvignon with flavours on the riper side of the fruit spectrum and with more structure for a broader palate. The blending in of naturally fermented Semillon, matured on the lees, provides a fuller mouth feel and adds to the complexity of the wine. This wine was vinified in a style that enhances the aging potential of Sauvignon Blanc.


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