DMZ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017

TASTING NOTES

 


This wine has a pale, bright gold colour with green reflections. Upfront aromatics of passion fruit and citrus greet the nose following through to a rich palate yielding ripe fruit flavours with a gentle nettle edge. A brisk acidity and stony minerality give natural freshness and length.

Winemaker:         Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend:     100% Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation:         Stellenbosch
Alcohol content  13.96%
TA                             6.0 g/l
pH                            3.36
RS                             3.4 g/l

VINEYARDS

 


The fruit for DMZ Sauvignon Blanc is selected from premium trellised vineyards located on cool slopes of the Bottelary Hills in the Stellenboschkloof. Weathered granite soils and cooling ocean breezes create ideal ripening conditions for Sauvignon Blanc.

VINTAGE

 


2017 was another hot and dry vintage in the Cape. Although the day time temperatures were warm, evening temperatures were much cooler than normal resulting in wines with incredible weight and texture, yet with great acidity and length. The dryness of the season resulted in minimal disease pressure with fruit arriving at the winery in very good condition.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION

 


Grapes were gently de-stemmed and lightly pressed, and the juice was treated carefully with minimal exposure to oxygen. It was cold settled overnight without the use of enzymes, then inoculated with selected yeasts, to preserve fruit flavours during fermentation. A long cool fermentation was followed by extended time on the lees with periodic lees stirring to ensure texture and flavour marriage.

PREVIOUS VINTAGES

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

 


2017

  • 4 Stars Platter’s Wine Guide 2018

2016

  • 89 Points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2017
  • 89 Points Neal Martin for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 2016

2015

  • Platter’s 4 Stars, Platter’s Wine Guide 2017

2014

  • 89 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2015
  • 89 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar
  • 87 points Wine Advocate

2013

  • Grand Gold SAWi 2014

2012

  • Top 10 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Awards