Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards

Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc

2020 Gold Medal

Almenkerk Wine Estate

Almenkerk Wine Estate Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc
Dry White Varieties (<5g/l or up to 9g/l if TA <2g/l lower) (4) Unwooded any vintage


Picking decisions at Almenkerk are made by tasting the grapes daily during the harvest season. With Sauvignon blanc, we look for a balance between green & tropical flavours while retaining the natural acidity our cool climate offers us. Harvesting takes place early morning to keep the grape temperature low. All grapes are hand-picked into small lug boxes to prevent compaction. Meticulous sorting is done in the vineyard and again at the cellar. From crushing the grapes, the grape- & juice handling takes place in an inert environment, avoiding any contact with oxygen throughout the entire process through the use of dry ice and specialized equipment such as our Bucher inert press. This preserves the more delicate aromas in the resultant wine. The various vigour-zones are picked & vinified separately. We press our Sauvignon blancs into small tanks per clone and canopy management, as well as keeping free-run juice and press juice separate. Winemaking After gentle pressing and cold settling, the wine is inoculated with a combination of different yeasts and is fermented cool until dryness. After fermentation, the wine undergoes lees contact for 9 weeks on the gross lees and another 6 months on the fine lees with regular stirring. The wine is left as separate components until final blending in October, when the fermentation esters have blown off and the components can be assessed on their long-term (thiol-based) flavor profile. Tasting notes The Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc 2019 shows upfront fruity aromas of elderflower, gooseberry, white peach and capsicum underbuilt by fresh granny smith apples, cut grass and flinty river pebbles. Built on natural acidity and a core of minerality. This wine has a rounded mouthfeel & lingering finish due to the extended lees contact. Will drink youthfully for the next 2-3 years and will develop complexity over the next 5-8 years.

This wine pairs ideally with oysters, crayfish and fish while its acidity can cut through creamy sauces & cleanse the palate of spicy food.