Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Lively and herbaceous with crisp layers of fruit. Intense palate with tropical and green elements. A serious wine with a long future. Will reward careful cellaring for the next 5 years.

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Lively and herbaceous with crisp layers of fruit. Intense
palate with tropical and green elements. A serious wine with
a long future. Will reward careful cellaring for the next 5
years.
Vineyard
The grapes were selected from vineyards in Stellenbosch
(False Bay), Durbanville and Darling. The 2017 vintage
surprised us all after a very dry winter and growing season.
The days were moderate with cool evenings, perfect for
Sauvignon Blanc. The canopies were opened up early
December to ensure enough sunlight in the bunch zone.
Winemaking
The grapes were handpicked early in the morning and in
some cases even during the night. We handle Sauvignon
Blanc very reductively from the start with dry ice in the
vineyard through to the fermentation vessel. The grapes
were crushed as soon as it arrived (before 10am) with a CO2
blanket and given at least 12 hours skin contact. This was to
extract all the beautiful flavours nestled in the skins. The
juice was racked from the skins with gravity and settled for
24 hours. The clean juice was racked to the fermentation
vessel where we inoculate with selected yeast strains and ferment very slow at 13 degrees
Celsius. The wine spent 7 months on primary lees before being bottled with only a very coarse
filtration.
Vintages
Much like the 2016 vintage, 2017 was characterized by a dry winter and a dry growing season.
Kleine Zalze had however planned for this and managed their vineyards carefully to ensure that
they didn't experience any extreme water stress. They experienced a fairly persistent wind during
the latter flowering period and the yields were lower than normal. The harvest started very early
on the 11th of January and was expected to be a challenging vintage (similar to 2016). In spite of
this, very moderate midsummer temperatures and cooler than normal night temperatures
provided excellent ripening conditions.
Food match
Grilled and Roasted White Meats

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