Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Vintage: 2017 (Current)
Shaped by the generosity of nature and the rich biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the Fleur du Cap Bergkelder range reflects the abundant yet subtle flavors of this truly unique terroir. All the vineyards from which these wines are made are situated within the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest, yet richest of only six such plant kingdoms in the world. The Bergkelder Selection is known for exceptional quality and wines that express their true varietal character. Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are selected to capture as much varietal character as possible. The climate is mild with south and east facing slopes offering natural protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean ensure rich, slow growing crops. The soil is predominately medium textured and well drained with good water holding capacity.
The Sauvignon blanc grapes were sourced from different cool climate vineyards located in the Western Cape, including Helderberg, Elgin and Cape Agulhas. The Semillon grapes, which account for 5% of the blend, come from Cape Agulhas. The vineyards were planted between 2000 and 2006. Rootstocks and clones vary according to the terroir, but all the vineyards are trellised using a 5 wire system, which provides the perfect balance for the grapes between shade and sunshine. Production varied between 12 tons/hectare in Elgin to 7 tons/hectare in Helderberg. The grapes from the different vineyards were hand-harvested, brought to the cellar and offloaded separately, each at optimal ripeness. In the cellar the juice was treated reductively to protect the delicate Sauvignon blanc characters, which are sensitive to oxygen. Only free run juice was clarified and fermented with specifically selected yeast strains at 14°C. The wine spent 2 months on the fine lees after fermentation before being blended, fined and filtered for bottling. 5% Semillon was included into the blend, adding to the richness on the mid-palate. Special care was taken throughout the winemaking process to ensure that maximum aromas were retained.
The wine is crystalline with a luminous green tint. The abundance of aromas and flavours typical of the diverse growing regions, make for a complex, beautifully layered wine. It is predominately driven by stone fruit, originating from the Helderberg grapes. A myriad of aromas follow, such as grapefruit, lime, passion fruit, peach, guava, fresh cut grass and gooseberries. The palate is mineral and linear with a beautiful richness elegantly balanced by the fresh acidity. The finish is fresh, full and lingers in the mouth.
This Sauvignon Blanc is the ideal accompaniment to seafood dishes such as oysters, mussels and other shellfish, but can also be enjoyed with Thai dishes, tomato based soups, green salads and pasta dishes.
Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc