DMZ SAUVIGNON BLANC 2022

TASTING NOTES

 


The 2023 has restrained bouquet of lemon zest and snap pea that is followed on the palate by ripe kiwi fruit and winter melon and fresh citrus zip on the finish. Although light and fresh this wine has more structure than you typical Sauvignon blanc which makes a perfect pairing with lite summertime fare.

Winemaker:
Alastair Rimmer

Varietal blend
:
100% Sauvignon Blanc

Appellation
:
Stellenbosch

Alcohol content
13.65%

TA

7.0 g/l

pH

3.36

RS

3.4 g/l

Per Bottle R155.00 Add to cart

VINEYARDS

 


The fruit for DMZ Sauvignon Blanc is grown on premium trellised vineyards located on the South facing slopes of the Stellenboschkloof. Weathered granite soils and cooling ocean breezes create the ideal conditions for this sensitive grape variety.

VINTAGE

 


A cool Spring led to a later than usual bud break that was about 2- 3 weeks later than the previous season. The cool weather did cause some issues with uneven budding in Chardonnay however, we were able to mitigate the worst of that with very late pruning. The cool Spring was interspersed with fairly regular rain showers which meant the soil moisture content remained healthy further into the season and by in large we had good healthy vineyard canopies. The regular rain fall did keep our viticultural team on their toes as the disease pressure was higher than normal however, meticulous planning and careful canopy management meant that we arrived at harvest with very healthy fruit.

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

 


2020

90 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2021

2019

4 Stars Platter’s Guide 2020

2018

4 Star Platter’s Guide 2019

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