Spier Private Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Pale green in colour with a distinctive green hue. The wine shows attractive aromas of green fig, gooseberries, and crushed nettles. An intense and concentrated palate shows a clean and fresh aftertaste.

Serve with tempura prawns and crisp Spring vegetables; the crispness of the batter is a perfect pair to the minerality of the Sauvignon Blanc, while the vegetables are beautifully matched by the nettle notes in the wine.

variety : Sauvignon Blanc [ 100% Sauvignon Blanc ]
winery : Spier Wine Farm
winemaker : Jacques Erasmus
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.47 % vol  rs : 1.6 g/l  pH : 3.35  ta : 7.3 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  taste : Herbaceous  
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

Veritas 2010 Wine Awards - Double Gold Medal

ageing : Enjoy now or within 3 - 4 years of harvest.

in the vineyard : 
Coastal Region: Tygerberg and Helderberg
Average temperature: Winter 8°/19°C; Summer 14°/27ºC
Annual rainfall: 680 mm
Proximity to ocean: 8 - 15 km
Soil: Clovelly, Hutton, Fernwood and Avalon
Viticulture: Trellised vines aged 6 - 9 years yielded the grapes for this wine, at an average of 6 tons per hectare.
Vintage: The vintage has delivered what promised to be a great season for white wines. A long, cold and rainy winter in 2008 and a relatively cool January and February 2009 slowed down ripening, assisting flavour accumulation.

about the harvest: Grapes were harvested early in the morning from chosen vineyard blocks at 23.8° Balling.

in the cellar : After 12 hours of skin contact, reductive methods were applied and the juice was slowly fermented in stainless steel tanks with chosen yeast strains at 12.5° C. The wine spent 5 months on the primary lees.

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