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Lismore Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Greyton

Lismore Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Greyton
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Producer:  Lismore Estate Vineyards
Grape Varieties:  100% Sauvignon Blanc
Optimum Drinking:  Within 5 years
Wine Style:  Complex balanced white
Alcohol by Volume:  13%
Closure:  Natural Cork
Country:  South Africa

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Lismore Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Greyton

Producer Note

Californian Samantha O'Keefe has found paradise and the perfect terroir. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.

Vintage

While 2016 presented the third year of drought for most regions of South Africa, the Overberg received sufficient rainfall to produce a harvest with average yields and an above average quality. The Greyton region saw a long ripening season with very little stress in the vineyards, resulting in excellent quality fruit.

Vineyard

The Overberg region is rapidly earning a reputation for premium, cool climate grapes. Lismore's 12.5 hectare vineyard is planted at 300 metres above sea level, in the foothills of the Sonderend Mountain Range. The soils are made up of deep, decomposed shale. The aspect which faces away from the afternoon sun, combined with a generally low mean February temperature, allows an extended ripening period that can result in a harvest three to four weeks later than traditional wine growing regions in South Africa. Sauvignon Blanc is a variety that expresses a very distinct and specific sense of place or "terroir". The distinct minerality of this Sauvignon Blanc is a clear indication of the cool climate in which it is grown.

Winemaking

The wine was made in an oxidative style. The must was barrel-fermented in older 300 litre barrels to bring forward richness and additional complexity. The wine was given extended less contact with occasional bâtonnage, to contribute further to the rounder mouth feel and creaminess of this elegantly textured wine. The wine was aged for 11 months.

Tasting Note

This barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc is a full bodied, elegant and beautifully balanced wine. Floral notes of passion flower, fynbos and granadilla, combine with guava, gooseberry and pear on the palate along with an underlying minerality, imparting its signature style. A true expression of this unique terroir and its equally unique winemaker.

Serving Suggestion

Scallops with a Salsa Verde or Asian-fusion dishes.

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc 100%

 

 


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