Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2011

The 2011 vintage show a wonderful experience of tropical, green fig and asparagus flavours. The wine is full with typical cultivar flavours on the nose and ends with a clean, fresh well-structured aftertaste. The complexity is indicative of a good maturing potential after bottling. The well-balanced acidity gives this wine a crisp, optimum ripe finish.


variety : Sauvignon Blanc [ 100% Sauvignon Blanc ]
winemaker : Johan Joubert
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 2.7 g/l  pH : 3.22  ta : 7.0 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity  
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS

International Wine Challenge 2012 - Commended
Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 - Commended

in the vineyard : and Walker Bay regions, with yields averaging seven tons per hectare. Having vineyards in a 10km ratio from the sea, the cooling breezes and deep red soils resulted in moderate growth, which in turn provided a good canopy protection for the grapes. In addition, monitoring of soil moisture content via neutron probes, aided the development of grapes with smaller berries with intense flavour concentration. Each block was sampled intensely to monitor the development of the typical cultivar flavours and to ensure that grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness, between 22° - 24° B.

about the harvest: The grapes were picked in the early morning hours to benefit from the cool temperatures.

in the cellar : After crushing, long skin contact was allowed. Thereafter, cold fermentation set in and extended lees contact followed for three months. The different components from all 5 wine areas were then carefully blended to ensure well balanced typical fruit characters coming from each region. This ensured a combination of tropical and herbaceous fruit flavours.