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Soil Table Mountain Sandstone derived soil: 52%, Clay-rich shale derived soil: 48%
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Fruit Origin :
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 9% Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 11% Walker Bay 80%
6.00 tons/ha, 40 hl/ha
13 200 cases of 12 bottles equivalent
Release date :
After the early and short 2015 and 2016 harvests, 2018, like 2017 was back to our usual timing, beginning at the end of the first week of February, but (a longer harvest) finishing at the end of the first week of March. Budding was even and successful, with higher than usual early Spring temperatures, but an unusually wet November and a cool December affected flowering and fruit-set, resulting in particularly low yields – far lower than our already low yields. The berries were smaller and the bunches were lighter, but the resulting wines were deeper, fuller and more structured. December and January were drier than average, making for relatively easy and successful disease control organically, with February only very slightly wetter than our long term average. A warmer than average February, combined with the very low yields and small berries did however contribute to the riper more opulent style of 2018 compared to 2017. One of the features of 2018 was fairly variable ripening within individual vineyards, and within individual bunches. Picking on taste, combined with analysis, and picking particular areas within individual vineyards at different times, was particularly important in 2018. This required a high level of vigilance and very close teamwork between cellar and vineyard, both of which were carried out with great success. 2018 was an excellent vintage for us.
90 Points - Tim Atkin
90 Points - Neil Martin
91 Points - Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
90 Tim Atkin
The Southern Right Sauvignon blanc comes from 16 different blocks in Walker Bay. Unwooded, it's a sappy, saline, vinous white with dill and grapefruit flavours and a juicy, lip smacking finish.
90 Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report
The 2018 Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc is a gorgeous release wine by the talented Anthony Hamilton Russell. On the nose this entices with gooseberry, white pepper, green bell pepper and suggestions of peat moss that build in the glass. Refreshing and showing nice mid-palate weight, the wine yields lemon zest, gooseberry, kiwi and melon flavors that all mingle nicely.