Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Appealing tropical fig and pear aromas with granadilla and lemon zest adding brightness and vivacity. Lovely ripe fruited tropical flavours in the mouth. The fig, gooseberry, granadilla and lemon zest come though beautifully. Vibrant and lively with well integrated acidity. The palate is textured and round with good mouthfeel. It finishes on a light, dry flinty note.


variety : Sauvignon Blanc [ 100% Sauvignon Blanc ]
winemaker : Mark van Buuren
wine of origin : 
analysis : 
type : Red  
pack : Bottle  size : 0  closure : Cork  

AWARDS


International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014 - Silver
Top 100 SA Wines - Sauvignon Blanc Category

in the vineyard : Altima is situated in an isolated valley north of Villiersdorp and is surrounded by a steep mountain range that rises 1km from the valley floor. During winter months these mountains are typically covered with snow, coupled with the elevation of 600 to 700m this equates to a very cool climate. This unique terroir produces wines with a high natural acidity and upfront aromas. The vineyards produce an intense Sauvignon Blanc with a fresh expression of gooseberry, citrus and freshly cut grass.

Average temperature: 21.73°C
Raunfall: 909.5mm
Soil type: Decomposed shale (grouwrakke)

about the harvest: Harvesting began on 05 March 2012 and ended on 08 March 2012. The grapes were picked in the early morning in small lug-boxes.

in the cellar : After picking, the grapes were transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks. After arriving at the cellar the grapes were whole bunch sorted and de-stemmed. The juice was left on the skins for 24 hours for skin contact and cold soaking to extract more of the site specific flavours. The juice was then drained from the skins and left for two days at 10 degrees to settle. The clear juice was racked off the thick lees and cold fermented with CKS 102 at 15 degrees. The wine was kept on the fine lees for 8 months in stainless steel and battonaged weekly.

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