Ripe tropical flavours complimented by a subtle minerality that contributes towards a wonderful and refreshingly long finish. The Sauvignon Blanc originates from a tiny block on Driefontein, the farm against the slopes of the Helderberg where I currently live. This must be one of the coolest parcels in the Stellenbosch area with the cooling breezes off False Bay cooling it down on hot days. “I prefer a cool site for my Sauvignon Blanc as I like ripe flavours without losing the acidity.”
Rooted in the oldest viticulture soil in the world, it is made up of decomposed granite on the lower slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. This vineyard enjoyed the refreshingly cool breezes from False Bay (Atlantic Ocean) during the day and cool night air flowing down the mountain, resulting in even ripening of the berries and good natural acidity. The macro climate is maritime, with cold wet winters and sunny warm summers.
A minimum interference approach is taken in the vineyards to get a true reflection of the unique terroir. Vertical shoot positioned trellised vines of 8 and 12 years old were used to produce grapes in cooler pockets of Stellenbosch.
This wine has been naturally fermented containing no enzymes, preservatives or stabilisers. The wine spent 10 months in French oak barrels before being bottled. It will improve over the next 5 years and may contain harmless sediment.
Winemaker – Jasper Raats
Alc: 12.98% ; RS: 2.8 g/l ; T/A: 6.2 g/l ; pH: 3.3
Platter 4 stars; Tim Atkin 94