Saronsberg Wines, Sauvignon Blanc Coastal Region 2019

£12.00 (75cl)

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SKU: SASA1519B

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Vines grown on structured red clay-loam & weathered shale soils. Grapes handpicked in 4 separate pickings to maximise flavour diversity. Mash deposited into cold-soak tanks for 12 hrs at 8°C. Free-run juice drained to settling tanks & skins pressed, keeping the free-run & press fractions separate. After settling for 48 hrs at 5°C, clear juice racked & allowed to heat up for yeast inoculation. Juice fermented at 11°C for 16-22 days with cultured yeasts. Left on fine lees at 16°C for 3 mths after ferment, stirring every 10 days. Wine handled reductively throughout vinification process using CO2 and nitrogen. Bottling was done with a sterile sheet filtration and the wine was bottle aged for 3 months prior to release.

Tasting note

The wine has a translucent colour with a green edge, showing prominent tropical, gooseberry and fruit-salad flavours, followed by hints of grass, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a refreshingly flinty aftertaste.

About the producer

Nestled at the foot of the mountain after which it is named, Saronsberg is a contemporary addition to the rich heritage of Tulbagh Valley, comprising 40 hectares of vines: two-thirds red, one-third white. Created by Nick van Huyssteen in 2002, Saronsberg is managed by winemaker Dewaldt Heyns and it is clear to see his love of Rhône winemaking styles in the two Shiraz-dominated wines under the ‘Artspace’ label, which are cracking value for the price. Dewaldt has worked in Sonoma, USA, and also in France, which he says broadened his horizons (he is a member of the prestigious Cape Wine Guild). This proved to be a winning combination, with Saronsberg performing constantly at the highest level, receiving numerous awards since its maiden vintage.

The Tulbagh region lies between three mountain ranges: the Witzenberg, the Obiqua and the Winterhoek. The only route that lies open is towards the sea, across the Breede Valley situated 80km off the Atlantic coast, with a continental climate of Mediterranean summers and cold, wet winters. Soils can be broadly classified into 3 categories depending on their location: 1) Red/ yellow clay loam with some fine gravel on the slopes of the Saronsberg Mountain; 2) Deposited boulder beds and sandy-loam alluvial soils surrounding the Klein Berg River and 3) Mid-valley shales towards the centre of the Tulbagh Valley. The bulk of the vineyards are planted in the mid-valley medium deep soils that have developed from Malmesbury shale. The aspect is roughly east, with an average height of 160-185m. The rainfall is 450-550mm per year (June to September). The general wind direction is southeasterly, providing a cooling effect in the afternoons.

All wines grapes are handpicked in the early morning, then cooled to 4°C. A majority of the wines are Bunch sorted, destemmed & berry sorted on vibration tables (unless stated otherwise).



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