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DMZ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013

TASTING NOTES
Pale, bright gold with green reflections.  Upfront aromatics of passion fruit and citrus greet the nose following through to a rich palate yielding ripe fruit flavours with a nettle edge. A brisk acidity and stony minerality give natural freshness and length.

 

Technical Detail

Winemaker Carl van der Merwe

Varietal blend 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Alcohol          13.5  %vol
pH                 3.25
RS                 2.8 g/l
Total acid       6.6 g/l
Appellation Western Cape

 

In the Vineyard
The fruit for DMZ Sauvignon Blanc is selected from premium trellised vineyards located in cooler areas of the Western Cape namely Faure, Durbanville, Stellenboschkloof and Elgin. The vines are 6-10 years old. Soils are a combination of weathered granite, shale and sandstone. Sites are chosen that benefit from morning sun exposure, high elevation and exposure to cooling ocean breezes.

 

VINTAGE

Beautiful plump and ripe fruit with no raisins were harvested between 22.5º and 23º Balling.. Yield tend to be between 5 and 8 tons per hectare.

 

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Grapes were gently de-stemmed and lightly pressed, and the juice was treated carefully with minimal exposure to oxygen. It was cold settled overnight without the use of enzymes, then inoculated with selected yeasts, to preserve fruit flavours during fermentation. A long, cool fermentation was followed by extended time on the lees with periodic lees stirring to ensure texture and flavour marriage

A very small percentage (5%) of the Sauvignon Blanc was fermented in old French oak barrels. This helps balance out the strong acidity associated with Sauvignon Blanc as well as gives the wine a distinctive depth, a richer texture and fuller mouth feel.