Kanu Sauvignon Blanc 2002

Pale straw in colour with a green tinge. Hints of gooseberry, guava, freshly cut green grass, nettle and green pepper on the nose. Good balance between natural fruit sugars and acid, resulting in a crisp, clean finish. Packed with flavours of bell peppers and crushed rosemary. Serve at 12–15°C. Ideal with salads; quiche Lorraine; mussel and perlemoen paella; grilled calamari; fresh line fish; mushroom risotto; chicken a’la king; and stir fried or roasted vegetables.


variety : Sauvignon Blanc | Sauvignon Blanc
winery : Kanu Wines
winemaker : Teddy Hall
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 13.03 % vol  rs : 4.8 g/l  pH : 3.2  ta : 8.1 g/l  so2 : 124 mg/l  fso2 : 31 mg/l  
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
2002 Vintage: 89/100 points in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate – issue 145 (USA); 89/100 in Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar – March / April 2003 issue (USA).

ageing : Drinking well now, but will gain in intricacy with bottle maturation for up to 2 years.

in the vineyard : Soil Type: Decomposed Granite and Sandstone
Age of vines: 7 to 17 years
Trellising: 3 wire Perold
Vine Density: 2 351 vines/ha
Yield: 6 – 8 tonnes per hectare
Irrigation: In some vineyards

about the harvest: Picking date: 28th January to 11th February 2002
Grape Sugar: 22 to 23.5° Balling at harvest
Acidity: 7.5 to 11 at harvest
pH at harvest: 2.8 to 3.3
Total production: 2 400 x 12 cases

in the cellar : Fermentation temperature: 12 to 15°C

The grapes were hand picked in the early morning to ensure coolness, and then lightly crushed. Only free-run juice was used and reductive winemaking techniques protected the fresh fruit flavours. The must was then cool fermented with a cultured yeast strain. The wine was lightly filtered before being bottled.
Wood ageing: None

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