Oak Valley Fountain of Youth Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Oak Valley ‘Fountain of Youth’ Sauvignon Blanc expresses fruit aromas of passion fruit, white peach and litchi with a slight herbaceous undertone. Flavours of passion fruit persist on the palate, particularly granadilla, lemons, white pear, gooseberry and a lovely saline finish that reminds one of fresh oyster shells or sea salt. Weight on the palate is aided by the 5% Sémillon component which adds extra complexity.

variety : Sauvignon Blanc [ 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sémillon ]
winery : Oak Valley
winemaker : Quentin Gobregts
wine of origin : Elgin
analysis : alc : 13.5 % vol  rs : 3.3 g/l  pH : 3.29  ta : 6.5 g/l  va : 0.40 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  taste : Mineral   wooded
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

in the vineyard : Aspect: South-west facing slopes
Elevation: 420m (hillside) / 460m (mountain)
Soil type: Medium texture gravelly soils
Clones: SB9, SB11, SB133, SB159, SB161, SB316, SB317
Rootstock: R99, R110, 101-14, Ruggeri 140
Planting date: 2004, 2007
Ha planted: 8.36 ha
Average yield: ±6-8 tons p/ha
Irrigation: Drip irrigation, post-harvest mostly
Vines per ha: 2500-3500 vines
Trellis system: Extended Perold

about the harvest: 
Fruit is harvested from two vineyard sites; the south-facing mountain block (3.2ha) planted in 2004 is ±460m above sea level and ripens up to two weeks later the lower lying hillside block (5.14ha) planted in 2007. Grapes are harvested early morning and chilled to 7°C.

Harvest dates: 23-25 February 2015

in the cellar : Bunches are hand sorted, de-stemmed and crushed. Selected parcels undergo a period of skin contact in tank to enhance flavour extraction, the remainder goes straight to press. The juice is settled for two days, racked, then yeast is added. Fermentation in tank occurs at 12-16°C until dry. The wine is left on the gross lees for 10 weeks.

The 5% blended Sémillon undergoes a natural fermentation
in barrel and matures for 9 months in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak.

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