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Villiera Bush Vine Blanc Fumé 2017

This approach resulted in a more structured wine that required longer bottle maturation before release. The green pepper, fig and slightly smoky character was nicely complemented by some oak spice. This wine should keep for up to 5 years and the new style typifies the terroir it grows in. This is an exciting departure from what we usually did and it embraces new trends in winemaking to ensure greater versatility with food.

This is an exciting departure from what we usually did and it embraces new trends in winemaking to ensure greater versatility with food.

variety : Sauvignon Blanc | 100% Sauvignon Blanc
winery : Villiera Wines
winemaker : Jeff Grier CWM
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.01 % vol  rs : 2.8 g/l  pH : 3.49  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

2018 Tim Atkin SA Special Report - 91 points

ageing : This wine should keep for up to 5 years and the new style typifies the terroir it grows in.

in the vineyard : At Villiera we have an old, single bush vine vineyard with the weather station clone of Sauvignon Blanc. It has the ability to produce a unique, intense style that we felt was worthy of its own platform. The bush vine system is a traditional training method especially suited to unirrigated vineyards. The limited yield ensures early ripening

about the harvest: The grapes are handpicked and sorted. Picking occurs in the morning to take advantage of cooler conditions and the fruit is protected from oxidation. Picking from bush vines requires a back breaking effort but it is worth it.

in the cellar : From 2016, we decided to change the style of our Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc. We wished to give it a greater point of difference from our regular Sauvignon Blanc and we believe the intensity of fruit allows it to benefit from barrel treatment. In 2017 the grapes were crushed and destalked and the juice was partially skin fermented in an egg shaped tank. Before dryness the juice was racked to barrels (50% new French oak/50% used barrels) to complete the fermentation. Malolactic was avoided to retain freshness and batonnage occurred weekly. After 3 months the wine was removed from barrel and was stabilized before bottling.

OTHER VINTAGES - not for sale

Sauvignon Blanc
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