Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc
Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Fleur du Cap approach is unconstrained. Using only meticulously selected grapes from the finest vineyards across the Cape Winelands, the winery produces a range of wines that offer diversity of choice and diversity of taste. Essence du Cap is known for exceptional quality and wines that express their true varietal character.
The sauvignon blanc grapes were sourced from different cool climate vineyards located in the Western Cape, including Helderberg, Elgin and 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 off-loaded 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 two months on the fine lees after fermentation before being blended, fined and filtered for bottling. Special care was taken throughout the winemaking process to ensure that maximum aromas were retained.
The wine is brilliantly clear with green tinges. There is an abundance of tropical aromas on the nose with fl oral and herbaceous undertones. This is an elegantly balanced wine with concentrated fl avours of passion fruit, lime and melon on the palate. The wine has a lingering fi nish with a crisp acidity.
This Sauvignon Blanc is the ideal accompaniment to seafood dishes such as oysters, buttery line fi sh and other shellfi sh, but can also be enjoyed with Thai dishes, summer tapas and green salads.
Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Alcohol: 13.15%
Titratable Acidity: 6.47 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.11 g/L