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Sauvignon blanc

Made in a way ensuring the personality of site and soil is not over-ridden by the forceful character of the variety, this wine exhibits the typical Southern Right balance of tight "Old World" minerality and length with hints of "New World” texture and body. The 2021 is a wine that favours origin expressive individuality, minerality and palate complexity ahead of pure, pungent varietal aroma. A significant percentage of fruit from iron and clay-rich soil has added a textural and structural component and additional overall complexity to this wine. The Sandstone soils have contributed their typical bright, tensile character and a marked minerality.

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  • Soil  Clay-rich shale-derived soil 51% Table Mountain Sandstone-derived soil 49%

 

  • Alcohol 13.32%
  • Acid 6.86 g/l
  • pH 3.31
  • Residual Sugar 2.10 g/l

 

  • Barrel Maturation  9% Barrel fermented in neutral barrels

 

  • Yield 39.6 hl/ha, 6.1 t/ha
  • Production 10 900 x 12 cases

 

  • Fruit Origin Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 8% Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 41%  Walker Bay 51%

 

  • Release Date August 2020

 

  • Vegan Friendly
Growing Season

This stellar vintage was later and cooler than usual. Based on our measure of temperature, the average of the maximum temperatures for the 4 hottest months (crucial to harvest) Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, 2021 came in at 24.3 Centigrade. This compares to 24.8 Centigrade for a long-term average of the equivalent period in Burgundy. In the last 25 years, only 2001, 2004 and 2008 have been cooler. Winter was wetter than usual with 140mm more rain than average, filling dams and building the water table beautifully. Chill units started accumulating later than usual and a cool Spring and later budding accounted for the later harvest. A warm January was a welcome help towards healthy ripening. Any disease pressure from rain showers during ripening was effectively controlled. Yields, as always for us, were low.  The Pinot noir harvest finished 10 days later than 2020, and the Chardonnay harvest finished 8 days later. Fruit quality and acidity were exceptional for both. The 2021 wines stand out for their complex, layered elegance, purity and mineral liveliness.

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