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Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc 750ml 2012    
Sku: 1890468*

Wine maker notes
Itís Really All about the Vineyards Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc was born on the southwest-facing, low-yielding and windswept slopes of Schapenberg (overlooking False Bay). Here the blustery southeaster (and sometimes the northwest wind as well) churns up the vineyards with regularity. This not only allows for a very low crop, but the flavours intensify to a flinty minerality. We use Organic and Biodynamic methods based on old world sustainable practices in our vineyards to ensure that the vines are nourished and in balance. Our soils are free of chemicals and are kept healthy by using plant extracts, fungi and bacteria from our own made compost. The two single vineyards are about four kilometers from the sea, and are planted at a height of between 270 and 300 meters above sea level. The soils are of sandstone origin with medium sized stones, helping with drainage while retaining the ability to hold moisture. The vineyards are 17 years old. Production was approximately 2 tons/ha. A Gentle Hand We mainly rely on tasting the grapes to determine the optimum stage of flavor development. Grapes are picked early in the morning when they are still cool, which helps to preserve the flavors. Extracting juice from the grape skins is achieved through pressing the whole bunches. This is the most delicate way to extract the juice. After a settling at a cool temperature for 24 hours, the juice is racked to the fermentation tanks. We allow the yeast occurring naturally on the grapes to start and complete the fermentation. All of the juice was fermented in old (5 years) 600 liter barrels. After a very slow fermentation of more than a year, the wine was racked off the fine lees in preparation for bottling. A extended alcoholic fermentation ensures that the juice is continuously in contact with the fine lees adding more complexity and weight to the palate. In keeping with our philosophy of minimum intervention, Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc was not cold or protein stabilized and only a coarse filtration was allowed before bottling. It may form tartrate crystals if left under cold conditions for a prolonged time. This has no effects on the quality or taste; the wine can simply be decanted if any appear.

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Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Sub-Region: Stellenbosch
Grape Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Still wine
 
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