100% Sauvignon Blanc
Cape Agulhas, South Africa
2.9HA block situated on a south-facing slope overlooking the sea below. Soils range from sand to iron-rich Ferricrete at the top of the block. Incredibly low-yielding vines at just over 1T per HA allow for very concentrated flavors and healthy clusters.
9 months in 2nd fill, lightly toasted French oak barrels
Clear and golden with a subtle lime tinge
Caramel, white peach, and subtle citrus notes
White peach and stone fruit shine brightest between a silky vanilla mid palate and a lingering minerality on the finish
2021 Fumé Blanc
There’s just something about cool-climate South African Sauvignon Blanc that I can’t get enough of. This wild, lightly wooded Sauvignon Blanc went from vineyard, to barrel, to bottle with only my two hands facilitating the steps between. Robust with stone fruit, caramel, and a brilliant complexity on the wine, only possible from perfect ripening of the grapes.
Only 800 bottles produced.
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Wines for the Wild
Harvest by hand on the 2nd of March, 2021 in the early morning. The rows to be used for this Fumé Blanc were selected from the harvest and held aside based on taste in the vineyard. The grapes underwent 24 hours of cold maceration before being hand sorted twice and then loaded into press, 100% whole bunch. I pressed softly at only 550L/T into a stainless steel settling tank. The next day the juice was racked off the rough lees, taking 30% along, into 2nd fill French oak barrels where it waited for wild ferment to begin. After 24 hours wild ferment was underway and the barrels were moved to a naturally colder corner of the winery to maintain fermentation temperatures below 20 degrees throughout the entire process. After 2 weeks the wine was dry but remained in the barrels, still on the rough lees, for 9 months. Batonnage took place every 21 days throughout. Cold stability was reached due to time in barrel and protein stability was achieved through bentonite just prior to bottling.
The CauseWildlife Impact
Leopard’s are the apex predator in the Cape. With regards to conservation, they are an umbrella species which means by better understanding and protecting them, we simultaneously conserve all of the other animals within the ecosystem around them. The two greatest threats to Cape Leopards include:
- Habitat loss due to agricultural and urban expansion
- Persecution due to conflicts over livestock and a vast misunderstanding of this species
Project Ingwe takes on these risks through the use of camera traps across the Walker Bay region. By working with land owners and communities, Project Ingwe has set up and continues to expand on an extensive network of these camera devices which monitor and survey wildlife activity. This info then provides valuable and tangible data on populations, important habitat corridors, and opportunities to better conserve various species. This all happens while creating a more positive perception of leopards and conservation as a whole with farmers and local communities.