Downes Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Tasting Notes

Winery: Downes Family Vineyards
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
SKU: DOWSAU2021 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Downes Sauvignon Blanc 2021



91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022

Made with the help of Master of Wine Richard Kershaw, this is a serious, well-structured Sauvignon Blanc that outperforms many of its peers. Blackcurrant leaf and elderflower flavours provide lots of crunch and focus, with some added structure from partial skin contact before fermentation. 2022-25

4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Similar unwooded tropical tones (gooseberry & passionfruit) in 21 (90 pts), from clay/shale soils. Some extra breadth from naturally fermented, lees-enriched portion. Succulent & flavoursome, with fine citrus seam.

Winemaker Notes

The grapes are chilled to 3ºC. The bunches are sorted on a conveyor, destemmed and crushed. All transfers of grape must and juice in these early stages are attained using gravity. Selected parcels of the grapes undergo a period of skin contact, at 8ºC to encapture favourable skin flavours. After a gentle pressing, the juice is left to settle for a period of 72 hours at 2ºC. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks continues at 12ºC until the wine is dry.

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 Blanc with flavours on the riper side of the fruit spectrum and with more structure for a broader palate. The blending in of naturally fermented Sauvignon Blanc, 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.
Alcohol: 14.0 %

Acidity: 6.4 g/l

pH: 3.28

Residual sugar: 1.8 g/l

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1 review for Downes Sauvignon Blanc 2021

  1. Ellen Wolf


    • Libby G

      Libby G

      Glad you enjoyed it Ellen!

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