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Sauvignon Blanc

Gentle lemon and passionfruit with a hint of floral verbena notes on the nose. Energetic, lively and yet easily approachable, the palate is fresh and juicy with expressive lime and citrus tang. Bright and zesty, there is good acidity which is well balanced with ripe fruit flavour packed with passionfruit and lime. Medium-bodied, the wine is accessible and enjoyable. Ideal for summer.

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Sauvignon Blanc

Clean and refreshing aromas of guava, gooseberry and kiwi fruit present upfront on the nose. Good complexity shines through with a summer fruit medley combined with hints of asparagus and fresh cut grass. The palate is pure, clean and refreshing on entry, with well rounded, juicy tropical fruit adding weight and balance. Hints of wet stone and flint end with a lively and long finish.

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Sauvignon Blanc

Gentle aromas of stone fruit, nectarine and pear drop with a light brush of flint. Rounded, juicy palate that expresses abundant tropical flavours. The pear drop, nectarine and citrus typicity are easy to find. Bright and lively acidity balances the fruity tropicality, which makes for a fleshy, appealing mouthful. The subtle gravel and flint nuance comes through on the tail. Good length overall.

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Varietal

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage Notes

“Late, slow and steady” would be the best way to describe the 2021 vintage. The preceding winter was cold and wet, resulting in good dormancy and healthy dam levels prior to the growing season. The cool weather continued into spring which in turn resulted in delayed but relatively even bud break, flowering and fruit set. The moderate summer temperatures slowed the ripening period and resulted in harvest starting about two weeks later than normal. The usually hot month of February was uncharacteristically cool, allowing for the gradual ripening of fruit with good flavours and acidity. An exceptional vintage which promises to deliver outstanding wines.

Winemaking

Each vineyard was harvested separately by hand in the cool early morning hours to capture the freshest flavours. The fruit was de-stemmed, crushed, and given overnight skin contact prior to being drained and pressed the following day. A two-day settling period followed before the individual parcels were fermented separately with a selection of cultured yeast strains. After fermentation, the wine was allowed to spend time on the lees in order to develop a full, well-rounded palate before being blended and bottled.

Varietal

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage Notes

Good rainfall and favourable climatic conditions during the growing season allowed for good flowering and fruit set. Generally vineyards saw a significant increase in yield, and the ripening period was nicely spread out due to the cool, moderate conditions during summer. Good healthy fruit with beautiful flavours make this 2020 vintage one of the most outstanding and enjoyable vintages in recent years.

Winemaking

Each vineyard was harvested separately by hand in the cool early morning hours to capture a fresh flavour profile. The fruit was de-stemmed, crushed, and allowed overnight skin contact prior to being drained and pressed the following day. A two-day settling period followed before the individual parcels were fermented separately by a selection of cultured yeast strains. After fermentation, the wine was allowed to spend time on the lees in order to build a full, well-rounded palate before being blended and bottled.

Varietal

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage Notes

The 2019 vintage was a very challenging one, mainly due to uneven ripening during the early stages of harvest. October 2018 experienced wet, cold, and unusually warm conditions, as well as strong winds that caused significant damage in certain vineyards. This led to poor set and the consequent uneven ripening of bunches. The conditions during January and February were very favourable, with cool nights and moderate daytime temperatures resulting in great fruit flavours and exceptional acids. Despite the slower start, the white and rosé harvest was intense and compact, ending 2 weeks earlier than the 2018 vintage.

Winemaking

Each vineyard was harvested separately by hand in the cool early morning hours to capture the fresh flavours. The fruit was de-stemmed, crushed, and given overnight skin contact prior to being drained and pressed the following day. A two-day settling period followed before the individual parcels were fermented separately by a selection of cultured yeast strains. After fermentation, the wine was allowed to spend time on the lees in order to build a full, well-rounded palate before being blended and bottled.

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