A partially barrel-fermented wine with a creamy texture and bright tropical fruit avours. Crisp acidity and subtle minerality add to the attraction.
Grapes were sourced from a selection of low-yielding (6 â€“ 7 t/ha) vineyard blocks located on DB Rustâ€™s farm Constantia. The soils are deep red Oakleaf and Hutton ensuring excellent water-retention and adding structure and fullness to the wines. The vines have been planted in such a way to benefit optimally from the cool Benguela current sea breezes. These breezes cause summer temperatures to range between 20 â€“ 30Â°C.
Harvesting occurred at optimal ripeness when the grapes were between 22 â€“ 23Â° Balling. Picking was done in the early morning hours to ensure the grapes arrived cool at the cellar. Dry ice and sulpher was added prior to transport to protect the grapes from oxidation. Skin contact was given for three hours and thereafter the free run juice was separated from the press juice. Reductive winemaking practices were followed to retain as much flavour and complexity in the wine as possible. 60% of the Sauvignon blanc was fermented in stainless steel tanks, the juice was inoculated and fermentation temperature was kept at around 12Â°C for three weeks. 40% of the Sauvignon blanc underwent barrel fermentation in 100% first fill 500L untoasted Sylvain French oak barrels. The barrels were rolled once weekly after fermentation followed by once a month for four months. Barrel maturation lasted for four months before blending and bottling took place. This allowed for the retention of the fruit component.
The 2016 harvest was the smallest in ve years after a hot, dry growing season impacted yields. Dryland regions such as the Swartland were among the worst affected as heatwaves continued well into October. Despite this, quality is good as the drier season resulted in healthier vineyards, smaller berries and more concentrated fruit flavours