NEIL ELLIS GROENEKLOOF SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016
This wine is produced from low-yielding bush vines on Neil Ellis’s property in the highly acclaimed Groenekloof ward in the Darling Hills on the West Coast. Neil Ellis started using grapes from Darling in 1986 and became the first person to release a wine from this area with his Groenekloof Sauvignon Blanc in 1991, spearheading wine industry interest in the cool-climate possibilities of the area
NEIL ELLIS GROENEKLOOF SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016
Pale straw with green hues. Bright aromatics, of fresh late summer fruits, lifted florals with subtle herbaceous overtones. Delicately detailed, the refined, poised palate is elegantly concentrated with sweet tropical fruits, lively balanced acidity, mineral notes and a fine texture, with a long flavoursome finish.
A refreshing aperitif but also enjoy with fresh oysters, asparagus, artichokes, sushi, smoked salmon, prawns, calamari, grilled fish, chicken or pork with lemon.
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INTRODUCING SHANNON VINEYARDS SANCTUARY PEAK SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016
Situated high on the western rim of the cool-climate Elgin Valley and owned by James and Stuart Downes, Shannon Vineyards produce three highly-acclaimed site-specific wines, all with names taken from geographical features along the mountain range above the vineyards. One of the three is the Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc.
Ever since the release of the maiden 2008 vintage, the Shannon Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc has garnered widespread praise and shown itself as a wine to be reckoned with, and James Downes is extremely happy with the 2016 Sanctuary Peak.
SHANNON VINEYARDS SANCTUARY PEAK SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016
Tasting notes: The supremely elegant, multi-layered Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc is beautifully poised with the Sauvignon’s zesty acidity and vibrancy balanced by a 10% component of barrel-fermented Semillon (wild ferment and three months in new French oak) adding richer notes, a fuller mouth feel and complexity to the wine, making the wine approachable at an earlier age whilst also ensuring a great backbone for ageing potential. Distinctive primary fruit aromas of citrus, pear, white peach and blackcurrant, with a touch of fynbos and a flinty mineral lift, follow onto an expansive yet refined palate exhibiting excellent fruit purity and a juicy texture with enduring length.
Food pairing: This food-friendly wine is a perfect match for sushi, tempura prawns or seared tuna. It will also pair well with a spicy chicken salad and even matches up well to a touch of curry.
Retail price: Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2016 retails nationally between R115 and R125.
In the vineyards: The 4.3-hectare sauvignon blanc vineyard comprises seven different blocks, all planted to different clones and offering something different to the final blend. The Sauvignon Blanc is planted predominately in sandstone soils rich in mineral quartz crystals with a deep underlying clay base, which have a low vigour potential. The canopies are managed to create riper flavours but still ensure the minerality found in the terroir. The small component of Semillon in the Sanctuary Peak comes from a half-hectare block on the farm where the grapes are picked riper to add a richness and complexity to the wine.
In the cellar: The grapes are chilled to 3ºC. The bunches are sorted on a conveyor, de-stemmed and crushed. All transfers of grape must and juice in these early stages are attained using gravity. Selected parcels of the grapes undergo a period of skin contact, at 8ºC to encapture favourable skin flavours. After a gentle pressing, the juice is left to settle for a period of 72 hours at 2ºC. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks continues at 12ºC until the wine is dry. The 10% blended Semillon is fermented on natural yeasts and matured for 3 months in 100% new French oak and bâtonnage (lees stirring) practised fortnightly. The wine is vinified in a style that enhances the aging potential of Sauvignon Blanc, with plenty of flavour and structure for the long haul. In its first year the blend of this wine allows expression as a typical Sauvignon Blanc, but with bottle age it becomes more evolved and will continue to drink beautifully for another 5 years at least.
GROOTE POST’S TWO SAUVIGNON BLANCS
The Groote Post Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and the Kapokberg ‘Vineyard Selection’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Groote Post, the historic estate in the cool-climate Darling Hills, with its vineyard plantings on the south-facing upper slopes of the Kapokberg (the highest of the Darling Hills) overlooking the icy Atlantic Ocean, has become almost synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc since their maiden vintage Sauvignon Blanc was launched to high acclaim in 1999.
Owned by the Pentz family, the estate’s vineyard altitudes vary from 200m to 450m above sea level. The prevailing south-easterly winds from the Atlantic Ocean produce a long and cool ripening period, which enables the growth of high quality grapes with concentrated flavours and complexity. The soils in the sea-facing vineyards are deep, well-drained Hutton and Oakleaf, with moisture-retaining clay components. Groote Post’s unique terroir, a combination of soil, microclimate and aspect, is well-respected for its particular suitability to Sauvignon Blanc.
GROOTE POST SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016
Tasting notes: The 2016 vintage of Groote Post’s popular Sauvignon Blanc is a beautifully crisp wine with tropical fruit, gooseberries, ripe figs and guava abounding on the nose and the palate. A vibrant wine, the intense flavours are underpinned by a thread of minerality and a tangy fruity freshness that calls for a second glass.
Suggested food pairings: Brie and asparagus tart; Apple, walnut and celery salad; Wasabi pancakes with smoked trout; Calamari, fennel and lime salad, Mexican-styled salmon salad with avocado, tomato salsa and black beans, Roast lemon and herb chicken.
Retail price: The Groote Post Sauvignon Blanc 2016 retails nationally for ±R92.
GROOTE POST KAPOKBERG VINEYARD SELECTION SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015
Groote Post’s Kapokberg Vineyard Selection range is named after the Kapokberg, the highest of the Darling Hills at 459m above sea level, where some of the estate’s best grapes are grown. Hildagonda Duckitt, Groote Post’s ‘Grande Dame of Cape Cuisine’, who was born at Groote Post in 1840 and spent more than half her life at this historic farm, loved to ride her horse up the Kapokberg. In one of her famous books, Hilda’s Diary of a Cape Housekeeper, published in the 1890’s, she wrote: “Standing on the hill one gets a lovely view of the country for almost one hundred miles around. Table Mountain stands due south, and from no other place have I seen so perfect a view of the “Table” and “Twelve Apostles”. On the west the wide Atlantic stretches before your gaze with only little “Dassen Island” like a speck on the horizon.”
Groote Post’s highly-acclaimed Kapokberg Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc is produced from a specific low-yielding vineyard block on the Kapokberg that consistently yields grapes with the most intense fruit concentration, pronounced minerality and green notes. “We harvest twice, with a 10 day gap in between, to capture different fruit spectrums, and we only use the free-run juice and allow longer lees contact to impart impressive palate presence and complexity”, says Lukas Wentzel.
Tasting notes: This wine is typical Darling, with minerality in abundance. Fresh cut grass and green aromas are prominent on the nose, while citrus and quince abound on the palate. Well integrated acidity and abundant flavours give the wine great length.
Suggested food pairings: Tomato, goats cheese and poppy-seed tarts; Lemon chicken and marinated artichoke pasta; Savoury pancakes filled with cheese, spinach and tomato, Chargrilled chicken with Asian slaw.
Retail price: The Groote Post Kapokberg Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015 retails nationally for ±R149.
A VISIT TO GROOTE POST
Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the historic Groote Post farm presents a rustic and rural atmosphere with undulating hills, vast open spaces and warm country hospitality. In addition to a wide range of award-winning wines, Hilda’s Kitchen’s superb culinary experience and Farm Drives through the private game camp and vineyards, Groote Post also offers a superb wedding venue; monthly country markets in the summer; a child-friendly area with a jungle gym and rolling lawns; beautiful views of the Atlantic coast and Table Mountain; nature walks; bird-watching in the hide on the dam and spectacular West Coast flowers in spring.