Spioenkop Sauvignon Blanc 2012
100% Sauvignon Blanc (clone 159, 317 & 11)
Aspect South East (SE)
Altitude 265 m
Distance from the sea 11 km
Soil type ferricrete / clay / shale soils
Rootstock R 101-14
Age of the vines 6 years
Pruning 2 buds
Harvest date the 29th of February 2012
Hand-picked grapes in small 18 kg boxes, one night in the cool store (3°C) and than destemmed and slightly crushed. 48h juice extraction/skin-contact in a red fermentor; the grape-skins were slowly pressed in a stainless steel basket press (JLB 5). After 2 days of settlement, the juice fermented at 13°C with our own indigenous yeast and that for 15 days. Maturation prior to release 5 months on his nature fine lees. Bottling the 5th of November 2012.
Alcohol 13,49 %
Total acid 7,10 g/l
PH 3,14 g/l
Residual sugar 1,70 g/l
Cellaring potential 3 – 5 years
Brilliant crystal colour with a fine green nuance, flintiness, pear and a mixture of white currants, fresh grapefruit and subtle herbal aromas. This wine has more minerality and complexity than just a fruit driven style of Sauvignon Blanc. The structure is beautiful in balance and has a smoothly texture that gives the wine a long length and charm. More precisely than previous vintage.
Recommended food pairing:
Shellfish, lobster and fine salads with a certain freshness.