Springfield Estate Life From Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Stones have no flavour that they impart on wine – they simply make the soil less. If there is less soil the vine produces more concentrated fruit, the same happens with old vines, also when vines are planted in high density. As the rock opposes the vine so does a nearby plant; and age limit growth and crop. Life from Stone has the good fortune to have all these three concentrating factors in its favour – thus the unmatched complexity of a great wine.

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variety : Sauvignon Blanc | 100% Sauvignon Blanc
winemaker : Abrie Bruwer
wine of origin : Robertson
analysis : alc : 12.5 % vol  rs : 1.4 g/l  pH : 3.5  ta : 7.2 g/l  fso2 : 36 mg/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Medium  taste : Mineral  
pack : Bottle  size : 750ml  closure : Screwcap  

ageing : 

2-4 years

Stones have no flavour that they impart on wine – they simply make the soil less. If there is less soil the vine produces more concentrated fruit, the same happens with old vines, also when vines are planted in high density. As the rock opposes the vine so does a nearby plant; and age limit growth and crop. Life from Stone has the good fortune to have all these 3 concentrating factors in its favor – thus the unmatched complexity of a great wine.

in the vineyard : 

Vineyard: Sauvignon Blanc 14 - 20 -year-old vines, clone SB11E on R110
Yield: 6 t/ha
Terroir
Slope: very gentle, southerly 60/60 vines/ha row direction angled into the sunset
Soil: extremely rocky: 70% quartz, 30% solubles
Climate: moderate summer with low night temperatures, cold winter
Wind: cool south easterly (summer)

about the harvest: 

Harvested at night in February 2016.

in the cellar : 

21 days alcoholic fermentation
100 days on primary lees
All racking done under CO²
Stabilized at - 3ºC for 2-3 weeks
80 g/hl Bentonite fining
Filtration: not sterile: only 2.5 micron filtration prior to bottling on the estate

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