Dry Sauvignon Blanc (<5g/l or up to 9g/l if TA <2g/l lower) (Sauvignon Blanc) Unwooded any vintage
A partially barrel-fermented wine with a creamy texture and bright tropical fruit flavours. Grapes were sourced from a selection of low-yielding (6 – 7 t/ha) vineyard blocks located on DB Rust’s farm Constantia. The soils are deep red Oakleaf and Hutton ensuring excellent water-retention and adding structure and fullness to the wines. Harvesting occured at optimal ripeness when the grapes were between 22 – 23° Balling. Picking was done in the early morning hours to ensure the grapes arrived cool at the cellar. Dry ice and sulpher was added prior to transport to protect the grapes from oxidation. Skin contact was given for three hours and thereafter the free run juice was separated from the press juice. Reductive winemaking practises were followed to retain as much flavour and complexity in the wine as possible. 60% of the Sauvignon blanc was fermented in stainless steel tanks, the juice was inoculated and fermentation temperature was kept at around 12°C for three weeks. 40% of the Sauvignon blanc underwent barrel fermentation in 100% rst ll 500L untoasted Sylvain French oak barrels. The barrels were rolled once weekly after fermentation followed by once a month for four months. Barrel maturation lasted for four months before blendeding and bottling took place. Cooler nights during the growing season and more signicant heat waves during harvest time buffered the effect of the drought. The warm and dry weather resulted in small and healthy berries with good intensity.