Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Winemaking

The grapes were handpicked at phenolic ripeness and stored at 10°C. The bunches were hand sorted before being pressed, maintaining a temperature of 10°C. The juice was fermented and matured for 9 months in 25% new French Acacia barrels, 25% in 2nd fill French Oak Barrels and 50% in Stainless steel tank to allow complexity to develop. During ageing on the fine lees, the lees were regularly stirred up in order to protect the delicate fruit aromas and to improve the mouthfeel of the wine.


Vintage

Hot and dry, with low rainfall / drought in the Cape. Despite irrigation, yields were at a record low, resulting in lower production, with small and concentrated grape berries. Good quality vintage.


Winemaker's comments

A warm-climate Sauvignon blanc giving a riper, bright yellow grape juice lends itself to a ‘Blanc-Fume’ style, a method often used in Bordeaux. A departure in style from the classic Cape Sauvignon makes for a unique wine. The result is a distinctive Sauvignon Blanc - a pretty nose of elder flower, yellow peach, lime and vanilla, with a broad, textured palate and coated acidity.


Food pairing

We recommend our Sauvignon Blanc among fish and seafood meal, or nice chevin toasts







Wine Club

We started the Marianne Wine Club in 2014 to reward loyal clientele and to build on friendships formed at the estate. Our club members are our ambassadors and it has been hugely gratifying to see it grow, and to see familiar faces coming back to the farm and attending our events and affiliated shows across South Africa.

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