MAESTRO WHITE 2016

TASTING NOTES

 


The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering after taste.

Winemaker:                   Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend:               32% Roussanne
                                           23% Chardonnay
                                           23% Chenin Blanc
                                           15% Viognier
                                           7% Grenache Blanc
Appellation:                     Stellenbosch
Alcohol content:             14%
TA                                         5.64 g/l
pH                                         3.38
RS                                        3.3g/l

VINEYARDS

 


Vertical shoot positioned vineyards allow for optimum ripening and ideal sunlight exposure of fruit. There is a good exposure of slopes to cooling Southern breezes off False Bay. Vineyards are established on slopes with soils of weathered granite and sandstone. Yields are controlled to between 7 and 8 tons per hectare.

VINTAGE

 


2016 was an exceptionally early vintage with grapes ripening quickly. Warm evening temperatures necessitated early harvest to ensure fruit with sufficient natural acidity.

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION

 


Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels, sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre- chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months. A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.

PREVIOUS VINTAGE TASTING NOTES

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

 


2016:

  • 94 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2018
  • 91 points Neal Martin for Vinous

2015:

  • 92 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine & #98 on Wine Enthusiast Top 100 List 2017
  • 95 Points Tim Atkin MW’s South Africa Report 2016
  • Platter’s 4 ½ Stars Platter Guide 2017
  • 92 Points Cape White Blends Report 2016

2014:

  • 93 points Tim Atkin MW’s South African Report 2015
  • 94 Points Cape White Blends Report 2016
  • 92 points Neal Martin Wine Advocate
  • 90+ points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar
  • Best White Blend under £15 International Trophy Decanter 2013 

2013:

  • Platter’s 5 stars Platter’s Guide 2015
  • Grand Gold SAWi 2014
  • 93 points Stephen Tanzer’s Wine Cellar
  • 92 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2014
  • 90 points Neal Martin
  • Wine Advocate
  • 90 points James Molesworth
  • Wine Spectator

2012:

  • Platter’s 5 stars Platter’s Guide 2014
  • Gold Decanter 2013
  • White Wine of the Year Platter’s Guide 2014
  • Best White Blend under £15 Regional Trophy Decanter 2013
  • 92 points Neal Martin Wine Advocate