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Primary Notes: Currant Nectarine Grapefruit/Pomelo, Lemon/Lime Flint
Body: Medium -
Dryness: Very Dry
Acidity: Medium +
Origin & Awards
Origin: Elgin Valley, South Africa
Maker: Catherine Marshall Wines
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Fermentation: Vegan Steel Only
Awards: >90 pts
Serving Temperature: Best enjoyed between 6 - 8 degrees
Asian Food Pairing: sushi, thai green curry
Western Food Pairing: Oyster, scallops
Catherine Marshall Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Sauvignon Blanc grapes are well suited to the cool climate region of Elgin. The aim is to produce a wine that has restrained yet full flavours without compromising acidity, with a long, clean, fresh finish. By hanging the grape clusters, a little longer on the vines in cooler climates, more fruit flavours can evolve in the berry whilst maintaining good acidity during ripening.
Vineyards are south-east facing on a combination of Table Mountain Sandstone and Bokkeveld Shale. Cool maritime conditions prevail in the Elgin Valley to ensure freshness and a definition of classic Sauvignon Blanc character. Upright vigorous leaf canopies are carefully maintained to maximise fruit to leaf ratio which is critical for balanced and intense fruit flavour profiles.
Grapes were hand harvested. After pressing, the must was settled. Fermentation was inoculated with a commercial yeast strain particularly suited to Sauvignon Blanc and the temperature was maintained at 14oC. The wine was kept on gross lees (yeast solids) for four months and stirred periodically to enhance mid-palate richness. There was a 12% cask fermented Semillon fraction blended to broaden the mid-palate slightly. The final wine was lightly fined and filtered into bottle.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- 91 Points