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2017 Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc

Varieties
Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage
2017
Country
South Africa
Region
Walker Bay
Alcohol
13.7%
Bottle size
750 mL
Description

This Sauvignon Blanc is the result of its unique terroir, displaying typical characteristic of a cool climate coastal Sauvignon Blanc. Elegant and racy, it follows in the quality footsteps of its award-winning predecessors. Enjoy its Old World minerality and length with hints of New World fruit and texture on the
undertones making this a wine expressive of its origin ahead of the pungent tropical aromas that the varietal is often associated with. Inspired by freshness
best enjoyed at temperatures 2-3 degrees higher than lighter bodied, fruity white wines.

Winemaking Notes

After being harvested and destemmed, skin contact was allowed for a few hours. The wine was then cold fermented with reductive processing in stainless steel tanks and barels. A 40% portion of the wine was barrel fermented to enhance the texture and mouthfeel of the wine. The wine was left on extended lees contact for 120 days after fermentation and stirred regularly during this period. Only 500L (15% new) barrels were used during this process which was blended with tank fermented wine that contributes to the freshness, minerality and overall complexity.

Growing Conditions

Benguela Cove is one of the most sought-after Sauvignon Blanc terroirs in the Western Cape. The ocean-facing vineyards is situated on the cooler slopes of the property. With such unique terroir characteristics the grapes also have a
of the winemaker and viticulturist that Sauvignon Blanc is made in the vineyards, this wine being the perfect example. The Benguela Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is made from a south-east facing vineyards 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. Our vineyards used for this wine are clone SB316 planted on shale and clay soil