Sauvignon Blanc Rhinofields

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The grapes were sourced from Bloemendal and Morgenster farms where the vineyards are all trellised to ensure perfect bunch positioning protecting the fruit from direct sunlight. The soft, radiated heat allowed for the gradual ripening of the fruit resulting in an abundance of flavour. The winter preceding the 2014 vintage was wet and cold and the crucial flavour producing ripening period for Sauvignon Blanc grapes was cool and dry resulting in very healthy grapes with small berries with concentrated flavour. The Sauvignon Blanc varietal character of the grapes, especially from the higher slopes, was very strong, producing wines with an abundance of tropical fruit characters. The grapes were picked from mid to end February at between 21.5° and 23° Balling.

Nose

Aromas of winter melon, kiwi and passion fruit with a slight herbaceousness.

Taste

Mouth-watering elegance with kiwi and winter melon flavours and a crisp, lingering finish.

Notes from the Winemakers

After four hours’ skin contact in specially designed stainless steel separators in an environment free of oxygen, the juice was drained and cold-settled for 48 hours. Slow fermentation at 11º – 14ºC was followed by a short period of lees contact with the wine being racked and blended shortly before bottling.

Food Pairings

Serve on its own slightly chilled or with smoked haddock, tempurabattered prawns, stir-fried calamari, asparagus quiche, ratatouille and Thai noodle salads.