Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Case - 12 x 750ml

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Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Case - 12 x 750ml

Nine leading vineyard owners in the Durbanville district joined forces with Distell to create Durbanville hills with the aim of promoting the regional individuality of this prime wine-growing area. The striking Durbanville hills cellar it's on the side of a series of rolling hills with magnificent views of table mountain and table bay the very geography that lies at the heart of what makes the wines so unique. The Durbanville ward is considered one of the cape's coolest wine regions, thanks to the sea breezes that drift inland from false bay and table bay and the late afternoon mists that bathe the slopes. These conditions are ideal for the slow ripening of the grapes, allowing them to develop their full flavoured, intense character. Grapes are sourced only from the shareholder- growers, all of whom farm within the limited appellation of Durbanville. Meticulous canopy management promotes concentration of varietal flavour. Cellar master Martin Moore uses highly advanced cellar technology to ensure optimal extraction of colour and flavour. Sustainable practices include maintaining the disciplines imposed by International Environmental Standard ISO 140001 such as in the treatment of waste water back to irrigation quality. In all it's vineyards the growing practices prescribed by IPW (integrated production of wine) are followed. These are designed to sustain natural resources. In addition, the members protect on their farms 320 ha of endangered renosterveld.

The Vineyards (vineyard consultant: Henk Van Graan)
The grapes were sourced from seven of the nine Durbanville hills member farms where three farms have high altitude vineyards growing on the South-Eastern slopes of the Hooge Bergs Valley. Cooled by mists and the southeaster, the lower than average temperatures make for slow ripening and intense flavour retention. Some grapes from low-lying, south western facing vineyards on Maastricht, Bloemendal, Klein Roosboom and Oatlands were used to enhance the full-bodied character. The winter preceding the 2015 vintage was cold and wet followed by moderate and dry weather in November, December and January. The crucial flavour-producing ripening period for Sauvignon blanc grapes in February was much cooler than normal, resulting in high levels of crisp grassy and peppery flavours and the healthy grapes to ripened later than normal. The Sauvignon blanc varietal character of the grapes, especially from the higher slopes, was very strong producing wine with an abundance of tropical fruit characteristics. Some warmer spells ensured fuller blending components with lower acidity to produce a most enjoyable wine.

The Wine Making:
The grapes were hand-picked from the second week in February up to the second week in march at between 20.5 degrees celsius and 24,5 degrees celsius balling. Crushing and juice handling, varying from immediate draining to an average of four hours skin contact, was conducted under dry ice (CO2) to preserve the typical delicate flavours that are fragile during these first stages of the Wine making process. Cold fermentation at 11 degrees celsius to 14 degrees celsius, followed by extended contact with the lees for almost two weeks, contributes to the full mouth-feel of the wine. The wines from the different vineyards were vinified separately according to the specific nature of the grapes and blended shortly before bottling.

Winemaker: Martin Moore and Gunther Kellerman
- Colour: Pale Green colour
- Nose: A delightful combination of ripe green fig, starfruit, citrus, winter melon, grass and minerality
- Taste: This mouth-filling, elegant wine is a combination of green apple and sweet tropical fruit on the palate with a, lingering after taste
- Food Pairing: Enjoy on it's own, slightly chilled, or served with uncomplicated grilled fish, minestrone or tomato-based soup, vinaigrette dressed salad or a selection of cheeses such as feta, goats' milk and haloumi

Chemical Analysis:
- Alcohol: 14.41%
- Residual Sugar: 3.3g-l
- Total Acidity: 5.3g-l
- PH: 3.47

Feature:
- Weight: 16.38kg
Categories
LiquorWineWhiteSauvignon Blanc
Country
South Africa
Brand
Durbanville
Barcode
06001495000463
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Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc Case - 12 x 750ml

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