Cocoa Hill Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 
2016
Origin: 
Stellenbosch
Varieties: 
Sauvignon Blanc

In a time of seafaring and spice, pirates played in Table Bay…
Among them was Long Ben - as fierce as he was tall,
he looted and pillaged and scavenged from all.
Ben fast became known for being up to no good,
and so fled from the seas and gave up his loot.
He planted some vines, as was the way,
and peered out towards the ocean almost every day.
Long Ben would have gazed longingly at the vista of Table Bay
from where our vines grow today, on Cocoa Hill.

With our Sauvignon Blanc we aim at making a wine that is fresh, youthful and abundant with tropical fruit flavours. Balance between the fruit, alcohol and acidity is of utmost importance.
Tasting Notes: 
The nose has aromas of granny smith apple and tropical fruits, with hints of blackcurrant. The palate is bright and clean, with flavours of pawpaw, grapefruit and a lingering minerality.
Vintage Conditions: 
2016 was an excellent vintage for many producers in the Western Cape. February and early March were warm and dry, and we were able to harvest very healthy grapes. All around, it was a great year for Sauvignon Blanc.
Fermentation and Ageing: 
The grapes for this wine come from 3 different vineyards on our Keerweder property. Each batch was individually fermented at low temperatures (14°C) in stainless steel tanks for approximately 14 days. Flavour and style specific yeast were selected as to obtain the desired fruit and aroma characteristics. Post fermentation, the wine remained on the full lees with battonage (lees stirring) being performed weekly for a further four months which gave fullness and texture to the wine.
Food Pairing: 
Pairs well with fish and seafood dishes, creamy pastas and chicken dishes cooked with fresh and fragrant ingredients. It also accompanies pork dishes such as pork belly and pork loin. Vegetarian options include vegetable risotto as well as Asian styled
Alcohol: 
13.5 %
Residual Sugar: 
4 g/L
Total Acid: 
5.3 g/L
Final pH: 
3.23
VA: 
0.41 g/L