This wine has a pale, bright gold colour 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.
Winemaker Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol 13.5 %vol
RS 1.5 g/l
Appellation Western Cape
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 between 6 and 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.
Conditions in 2015 were perfect for an early harvest with very little disease pressure. Fruit was picked slightly riper than normal to allow the higher acidity levels, typical of 2015, to drop before harvest. Yields 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
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
89 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2015
89 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar
87 points Wine Advocate
Grand Gold SAWi 2014
Top 10 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Awards
88 points Wine Spectator
4 stars 2013 Platter Guide
92 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar
89 points Wine Spectator
89 points Wine Advocate
4 stars 2012 Platter Guide