ae Sauvignon Blanc 2003
“Lack of rain in early summer, although partially alleviated by our new borehole and vineyard irrigation, gave us low harvest yields. We planted a new block of Cabernet lower on the farm for earlier ripening. We began using refrigeration containers to cool harvested Sauvignon Blanc grapes together with a new sorting table to remove rotten bunches. Matilda the potbelly pig was put to sleep and Chameleons Montessori opened on Nitida.”
Thaumaturgy (pronounced THAW-muh-tuhr-jee) the art of performing a miracle, of making something magic. Unquestionably Nitida, from the acid balance to the herbacious touch”.......layers of limes, granadilla and “sunwarmed green peppers”, the white dessert peaches are coming through every year now...... figgy, kiwi fruit, lots of citrus, the grass is there but as obvious as usual......lemon grass after summer rains, lime citrus, nose of pure elderflower or dandelion, more like standing on fresh weeds........lekker with any of your favourite foods” from braaivleis to fish and curry
....fuller and more tropical than in the past. This wine is an expression of the harvest not a move away from our proven flinty, grassy style. 2003 wine is very complex, with an array of flavours from white peaches, figs and lichi’s to passionfruit....picked from a selection of Durbanville valley vineyards....because of the cool season, we were able to wait 7-10 days longer than ususal without losing our flavours and fruit is riper. Batches were kept separate until blending and this year, every one, without exception, was superior and complementary to the final wine so nothing has been left out. No semillon added. Bottled beginning of June. We really rate this wine again!!!!