Grapes were sourced from the incredible ward of Lower Duivenshokriver – situated between Riversdale, Vermaaklikheid and Heidelberg – within the Cape South Coast region. Limestone soils, cool mean ripening temperatures and only 10km from the ocean – creates a beautiful, mineral Chardonnay. The grapes were harvested in the 3rd week of Feb, whole bunch pressed and fermented naturally in partly new, 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels. No MLF. Bottled after 11 months in oak.
A superbly elegant Chardonnay, layered with citrus and apple notes with a stealy minerality creating that perfect tension in the wine. Beautifully balanced natural acidity gives this wine ample longevity and punch. Delicate yet gravitas.
Sondagskloof White 2021
50% of grapes were fermented on skins in an open top fermented with daily punch downs until dry after which it was basket pressed and racked to new 500L French oak. The other 50% was whole bunched pressed and fermented in older French oak. Both parcels were blended together after 6 months in oak and racked back to barrel for a further 10 months of maturation. Bottling took place in Dec 2021.
Combining skin and barrel-fermented components, with wild yeasts adding yet another dimension, this wine is showing incredible black current intensity, aromatic spices and passion fruit with subtle herbal nuances expressing the cooler climate origin. The underlying minerality adds depth to this beautifully expressive Sauvignon Blanc, layered with incredible texture and a mouthwatering acidity.