5 Stars Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2021
Harmonious & full, with great concentration & length from 7 months on lees. 19 ***** (96 pts) showcases the glossy, vivid gooseberry, fig, blackcurrant & citrus peel aromas & flavours of Durbanville & Darling fruit. Deeply satisfying & stylish. Will age well.
The grapes were selected from vineyards in Stellenbosch (False Bay), Durbanville and Darling. The 2019 vintage surprised us all after a very dry winter and growing season. The days were moderate with cool evenings, perfect for Sauvignon Blanc. The canopies were opened up early December to ensure enough sunlight in the bunch zone.
The grapes were handpicked early in the morning and in some cases even during the night. We handle Sauvignon Blanc very reductively from the start with dry ice in the vineyard through to the fermentation vessel. The grapes were crushed as soon as it arrived (before 10am) with a CO2 blanket and given at least 12 hours skin contact. This was to extract all the beautiful flavours nestled in the skins. The juice was racked from the skins with gravity and settled for 24 hours. The clean juice was racked to the fermentation vessel where we inoculate with selected yeast strains and ferment very slow at 13 degrees Celsius. The wine spent 7 months on primary lees before being bottled with only a very coarse filtration.
Lively and herbaceous with crisp layers of fruit. Intense palate with tropical and green elements. A serious wine with a long future. Will reward careful cellaring for the next 5 years.