ae Sauvignon Blanc 2007
“A hectic vineyard year - we uprooted old red vineyards with virus infection and replaced with Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, a hurry up and wait harvest caused by high temperatures alternating with downpours and dry-outs then into hurried picking again, lots of tank juggling, all the reds ripened at the same time and before we knew it – the harvest was over. Our first Coronata white blend was released, we won a Michelangelo double gold for Pinotage 2005 plus it won “Best Durbanville Red” at the Terroir competition also winning best Semillon in South Africa. Sauvignon blanc went to screw cap. Cassia went live. We finished the year with a wonderful Christmas present when Sébastien was born to Jacus and Elrina.”
A wine of great presence showing full fruit, herbaceous and earth character. Litchis, gooseberries, pears and winter melon held together with taut rounded acids.
With an early start to the 2007 harvest, we had already part picked our sauvignon blanc when the unexpected heavy rains fell in the 2nd week in Feb. We delayed further harvest for 2 weeks until the flavours had returned to the grapes. This meant that the grapes were then picked at a balling higher than previous years which gives a fuller mouthfeel with a slightly higher alcohol. Although the style is also more tropical (which is the current fashion), the very favourable growing season has meant that, even at this riper level, we were also able to preserve some of the steely, capsicum, pyrazine aspect for which nitida is so well known