ad Club Select Sauvignon Blanc 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 Michelangelo Silver, 4 stars Wine magazine; 2009 Michelangelo Double Gold (club select) and Gold (standard range) AND BEST PRODUCER ON SHOW, Bartho Eksteen Top 10 SA, Wine Magazine Top 10 (4½ stars); 2008 Michelangelo silver, Veritas gold; 2007 Michelangelo silver, Top 10 wine Bartho Eksteen International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, Wine Magazine Top 10, Veritas gold; 2005 Michelangelo gold; 2004 Bartho Eksteen - joint 3rd, Veritas silver(’04) (gold ‘05), Platter 4½ stars; 2003 SAA 1st class listing, Fairbairn silver, Veritas gold; 2002 Veritas double gold, Club 500 cultivar winner, International Wine Challenge - silver; 2001 SAA listing; International wine challenge - bronze, best in Wine mag. cultivar tasting (only 4 star wine), Winning wine Bartho Eksteen International; 2000 SAA 1st class listing, Veritas silver medal; 1999 Veritas gold medal, Bartho Eksteen International shootout 6th, Wine magazine - top 7 wines; 1998 Veritas silver medal; 1997 Michelangelo International - silver medal, Veritas silver medal; SAA Long-haul listing; 1996 Veritas silver medal; 1995 Veritas double gold medal.
“Bliksems mooi wyn!” Mineral crispness from nettles with Provence herbs, Bramley apples and prickly pear fruit. Long clean Seville oranges and lime “to go”.
This growing season was particularly dry, ensuring healthy grapes and just enough stress to add to the complexity of flavours. Canopy management consisted of a bit of leaf break on the east side (morning sunshine) to encourage development of fruity thiols while protecting our resident pyrazines from the harsh afternoon (western) sun. We picked from a variety of vineyards in 7 different cool climate sites, plus we picked in two time slots, at different degrees of ripeness and the healthy grapes meant we could allow 24 hours skin contact - all contributing to a wide spectrum of flavours. The year allowed us to make our favourite more pyrazine style sauvignon blanc which holds well with good acids. The Club Select comes from a tank selection and blending of 2 tanks out of the 2010 sauvignon blanc. In selection we were particularly looking for tanks which expressed a rather purist, style of sauvignon blanc reflecting Durbanville cool climate characteristics.