2016 Benguela Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
- Case (Member)
- Sauvignon Blanc
- South Africa
- Walker Bay
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
This white blend shows aromas of melon, floral blooms and lime with nuances of gunflint and green apple. The palate is well balanced by integrated oaking, displaying notes of citrus, minerality and roasted nuts. The palate is austere, yet vibrant and textured, with a lingering and refreshing finish.
- Winemaking Notes
Grapes were hand-picked in the vineyards and harvested at maximum flavour intensity. Skin contact of two to four hours was allowed to achieve the desired acidity. The wine was inoculated with a specially selected yeast strain and fermented at 12-13°C to preserve the fruit flavours. The wine spent 60 days on the fermentation lees, which was stirred once a week to enhance mouthfeel.
The wine consists of three different terroir components that were handled separately to ensure that each displays its unique characteristics. The two varieties from which the wine is made, have very different textural qualities. The harvest produced wines with juicy flavours while the Semillon brought optimal palate weight and length. The oak adds a touch of textural enrichment together with light toasty flavours on the palate.
The cultivar split in the wine is 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc. 80% of the final blend was barrel fermented in 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels.
- Growing Conditions
This Bordeaux style white blend is made from a south-east facing vineyard situated on the shores of the lagoon which runs down to the cold Atlantic Ocean. This shaded slope with its close proximity to the ocean results in a cooler median daytime temperature with cool maritime winds that caress the vineyards from midday. All bunches were hand-picked in the cooler morning hours to retain the freshness of flavours.
- Food Pairing
This grassy citrus blend pairs well with lightly cured sea bass served ceviche style. Sea jelly and a prawn bisque gel tone down acidic notes while the grilled asparagus adds to the acidic depth leaving a well-balanced mineral finish leaving you wanting more on a fresh spring day.
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