Biesjes Craal Sauvignon Blanc Vineyard Selection
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 and concentrated flavour. The untrellised block imparted intense earthy, peppery flavours which we prefer for this single vineyard wine.
The nose is a well balanced combination of lime with fresh asparagus and herbaceous characteristics.
Mouth-filling and crisp with lime zest, asparagus and hints of minerality, ending with a long, lingering aftertaste.
Notes from the Winemakers
The grapes were hand-picked at 23,5° Balling towards the end of February, with prominent grassy flavours. The crushed fruit were given six hours’ skin contact to extract all possible flavour before the juice was cold fermented between 12°C and 14°C. Dry ice was used to protect the must and young wine against oxidation.
Enjoy on its own slightly chilled or served with tomato based soup, fish and seafood dishes, fresh oysters, goat’s milk cheese, vinaigrette based salads or grilled fish, and a salad of tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella.