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Southern Right releases their 2010 Sauvignon blanc

Posted on: December 07, 2010

16th Vintage of Southern Right Sauvignon blancreleased ……..


With the beautiful, mineral, top scoring Southern Right 2009 Sauvignon blanc sold out by mid-August, the 2010 is now available for sale. The wine is expected to retail in South Africa for around R85 per bottle and was bottled in the first week of August.


2010 is an extremely worthy successor the 2009 and shows the dry Southern Right minerality with a tight zingy mouthfeel nicely balanced by a viscous, textured edging. The wine has subtle aromas of lime zest, gardenia flowers and white peach and the typical salty Southern Right, marine pool character on the palate (not because we are so close to the sea!).


Balancing the plumper, rounder character of the 2010 vintage versus 2009, is a beautifully high line of natural acid (7.5 g/l) and an extremely healthy low pH (3.12). The impact and length of the wine is achieved without high alcohol and typical for Southern Right, the 2010 has come out at just under 13% (12.93%).


Production was lower than 2009 and surprisingly (remember the heat-waves in the warmer inland areas of the winelands?) the average of the maximum temperatures for the season December, January, February, March, was exactly equal to our long term average of 25 Centigrade. Rainfall was lower than average during the ripening season, assisting with the harvesting of healthy, really flavourful grapes.


One of the great strengths of Southern Right Sauvignon blanc is that we draw from 4 different clones, 10 different vineyards and two main soil types, each with multiple soil structures. This builds in real complexity and we add to this further by picking at a range of ripeness levels with the aim of keeping the final wine very slightly below 13% Alcohol. The appellations of the grape sources are as follows:


Hemel-en-Aarde Valley – 42.3% (our own plantings on sandstone soils)


Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley – 12% (sandstone soils)


Walker Bay – 45.7% (clay-rich soils)


At the same ripeness level, sandstone soils will emphasize the greener, lighter, more lifted, zingy characters in Sauvignon blanc, while clay-rich soils will emphasize, denser, fatter more tropical characters – particularly on the mid-palate. We balance both sets of characteristics for a more complete, complex, age-worthy wine.


Thank you for supporting Southern Right and we look forward to receiving you at our beautiful new cellar in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.


All the best!



Anthony Hamilton Russell

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
P O Box 158
Hermanus, 7200
South Africa
Ph: +27 28 312 3595
Fx: +27 28 312 1797