Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Bronze - International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2005
International Wine Challenge 2005 - Seal of Approval
Colour: Clear brilliant with flashes of green.
Nose: Tropical fruit aromas combined with green fig, gauva and gooseberry.
Palate: Seamlessly layered flavours ranging from tropical fruit to fig, lime, gauva and gooseberry, leading up to a crisp finish.

Martin recommends savouring the wine on its own slightly chilled or served with seafood and pastas.

variety : Sauvignon Blanc [ 100% Sauvignon Blanc ]
winemaker : Martin Moore
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 12.8 % vol  rs : 1.9 g/l  pH : 3.31  ta : 6.9 g/l  
type : White  
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS

Bronze - International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) 2005
International Wine Challenge 2005 - Seal of Approval

in the vineyard : The grapes were sourced from six of the nine growers in the Durbanville Hills group. Three of these have high-altitude vineyards grown on the south-east slopes of Hooge Bergs Valley, cooled by mists and the Southeaster, where lower than average temperatures make for slow ripening and intense flavour retention. Some grapes from low-lying, south-western facing vineyards on Maastricht, Bloemendal and Klein Roosboom were used to contribute a full-bodied character.

about the harvest: The grapes were hand picked during the first three weeks of February, at between 22° and 24° Balling.

in the cellar : Crushing and juice handling that varied from immediate draining to four hours skin contact was conducted under dry ice (CO2) to preserve the typical delicate flavours that are fragile during these first stages of the winemaking process. Cold fermentation at 12 – 14ºC, followed by extended contact with the lees for almost three months, contributed to the full mouth feel of the wine. The wines from the different vineyards were vinified separately according to the specific intrinsics of the grapes and blended shortly before bottling.

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