abc Coronata Integration 2010
““Fabulous weather made up for a mechanically challenging harvest. The incredibly cool February gave us another brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Even the slight heat wave in March was useful for ripening the reds conveniently balanced by light rains which spaced our cultivar pickings nicely. The year brings a new Chardonnay and a very exciting “white” MCC (launch 2011) into the range. Bernhard bought 3 new tanks which somewhat eased RJ’s juggling act with cellar space. Kerry joined our team in February and Version2 of our Nitida website went live.””
2010 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon - silver medal (only SA blend medallist); Old Mutual Trophy Wine - silver medal; Platters 4½ stars, Michelangelo silver medal, Veritas Silver; 2009 Michelangelo gold medal AND BEST PRODUCER ON SHOW, Wine Magazine 4½ stars; 2008 Platters 4½ stars, Concours Mondial du Sauvignon Silver(in 2010); 2007 Michelangelo silver, Michelangelo gold (in 2009) 4 stars Wine Magazine, Trophy Wine Show bronze; 2006 Michelangelo silver, Platter 4 star.
Intrigue marries scrumptious. Traditional asparagus and renosterveld honey mingle intimately with creamy rhubarb, loquats and lime creating a swirling sense of spring orchard. Just add fresh crayfish and prawns.
This, our 6th vintage of this blend, has 30% semillon from 100% new French oak (fermented and aged for 12 weeks) with 70% tank fermented sauvignon blanc. Grapes from vineyards earmarked for cultivar character and kept separate throughout the process. Ultimately we blended the best barrel of each cultivar for optimum drinkability - now and into the future - and placed in barrel for 8 months (300L 3rd & 4th fill) then bottle aged before release. Pushed (not pumped) out of barrel using CO2 to protect the sensitive flavours of the blend. Named after a beautiful green and yellow protea, P. coronata, sub-group “bearded sugarbush” - the colours of the flower symbolise the blending of the culivars, while the name is descriptive of the status of the wine. As this wine ages, the tight sauvignon blanc acids will stay firm but grow gentler while that dash of greenpepper freshness will always speak of its Nitida origins. The semillon character will deepen into a warm honey becoming more dominant on the palate.