We grow four hectares of Sauvignon Blanc, planted on one of the farm’s highest-elevation sites. The vineyard looks out over the Franschhoek Valley with awesome views of the town of Paarl and the Drakenstein mountains. We don headlamps to pick fruit in the cool morning hours and bring it to the cellar in shallow lug boxes designed to prevent the fruit from getting smushed on the ride down.
Duplex soils with high clay content are perfect for the clone planted here which tends to produce a luscious, tropical wine. We choose to blend our estate production with a non-estate component to add racier character and complexity. In 2014 we sourced grapes from a friend at Happy Valley farm in Elgin and the end product therefore carries the broader Western Cape appellation.
Sauvignon Blanc is all about retaining the light, refreshing, and ultimately elusive flavours contained in the skins. We aim for a light extraction before pressing, keeping the juice on the skins for a few extra minutes before going to tank.
A cool spring in 2013 allowed the vines to grow vigorously and create an expansive, shaded canopy. This caused the fruit to retain crisp, green flavours. In 2014 our Sauvignon Blanc has a racy green aroma eliciting gooseberry, fresh coriander and green apple. There are some tropical notes, too, reminiscent of grapefruit and guava. The entry is cool and juicy with a crisp natural acidity. The finish is elegant and balanced.Alcohol 12.9%