De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Generous aromas of green fruits like kiwi and Granny Smith apple interplay with gooseberries and lemongrass in perfect harmony, introducing a clean and flinty palate that has wonderful zippy acidity, soundly balanced by complexity gained from lees contact and good length.

The perfect summer seafood feast companion, but will also reward putting away for a few summers to come.

variety : Sauvignon Blanc | 100% Sauvignon Blanc
winery : De Grendel Wines
winemaker : Charles Hopkins & Elzette du Preez
wine of origin : Western Cape
analysis : alc : 13.5 % vol  rs : 1.9 g/l  pH : 3.29  ta : 6.9 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

ageing : Up to 5 Years

Satellite images were used to classify the vineyards according to growing patterns. Picking times were established based on analysis, phenolic ripeness and flavour compositions. Three lots (from Darling and De Grendel) were vinified individually as potential components of Koetshuis and blended afterwards to ensure complexity and depth. The Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc grapes are handled differently in the vineyards as well as in the cellar to ensure a bigger and a bolder wine. It is picked riper, receives longer skin contact, longer cold settling as well as extended lees contact after fermentation with batonage on more frequent intervals.

in the vineyard : 

intage
The 2015 vintage will be remembered for its very dry and windy conditions during flowering, which resulted in a 15% smaller crop in the coastal regions compared to last year. Due to these conditions the harvest was 10 to 15 days earlier than normal and the vineyard growth was less and the berries and clusters were smaller. These conditions however produced berries with a much higher concentration of fruit flavours and the red varietals had better colour intensity. Taking all of this in consideration, the 2015 vintage has the potential to be one of the finest vintages in recent years.

The Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc is a vineyard selection of a few different sites. Crop yields on this Sauvignon Blanc vary from 6 to 7 tons per hectare.

about the harvest: The Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc is a vineyard selection of a few different sites. Crop yields on this Sauvignon Blanc vary from 6 to 7 tons per hectare. Satellite images were used to classify the vineyards according to growing patterns. Picking times were established based on analysis, phenolic ripeness and flavor compositions.

in the cellar : Three Lots (from Darling and De Grendel) were vinified individually as potential components of Koetshuis and blended afterwards to ensure complexity and depth. The 2012 vintage opened the door for us to use all three components as each of these parcels was excellent in quality. The Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc grapes are handled differently in the vineyards as well as in the cellar to ensure a bigger, bolder wine. It is picked riper, receives longer skin contact and longer cold settling, as well as extended lees contact after fermentation with batonage on more frequent intervals.

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