SAUVIGNON CHENIN SEMILLON “Circle of Life” (South Africa)
Circle of Life White is neither defined by grape varietals, nor indeed a specific block within the vineyard, but instead encapsulates the myriad soils, aspects, altitudes and grape varieties found on this windswept, biodynamic farm. The windswept vineyard blocks are all, south facing (less sun exposure), 200-350m above sea-level and a mere 2 miles from The Atlantic. These factors combine to produce low yields, balanced grapes and wines with a true sense of place. Production is a miserly 4 tons per hectare. Grapes are hand-harvested and brought to the cellar by horses for hand-sorting. Extracting juice from the grapes is achieved through pressing the whole bunches. This is the most delicate way to extract the juice. After a settling period of 24 hours, a large proportion of the juice was destined for co-fermentation. That is to say, we determined a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc prior to fermentation and transferred the majority into old 600 litre barrels, with the balance going into stainless steel tanks. Ultimately, this allowed for a better integrated and more complete end product. After a very long, natural yeast fermentation of seven months, the wine was left on the primary lees for a further four months. This helped to add more complexity and weight to the palate. The wine was then racked to fermentation tank and the final blend was made up, with the addition of further Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. “The wine was then bottled in January 2014. We make the wine as naturally as possible, with no additions of acids or enzymes allowed.
The Sauvignon Blanc aromas are prominent on the nose, with beautiful lime and prickly pear notes. Intense flavours, with great balance. A tight mineral core and creamy mid palate from the Chenin Blanc allows for great complexity and a persistent finish. The Sauvignon Blanc lends lovely, fresh acidity to the wine.
Try with Sashimi of Tuna, smoked potato gnocchi or red snapper.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2017Bronze
SAUVIGNON CHENIN SEMILLON