Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Unwooded and well-balanced, with fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, and a full grassy palate.

Maturation

Drinking well now, and will develop well for 2 years.

Food Pairing

As an apertif, or with delicately flavoured foods like salads, oysters, scallops and chicken.

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Tasting Notes

Varietal Sauvignon Blanc – Clones 133 ER, SV 316D, 159C, 11R and 7A
Root stock R99 and R110
Soil type Hutton – decomposed granite
Age of vines Planted 1985, 1993, 1997, 2002 and 2007
Plant density 2100 to 3200 vines per hectare
Trellising Vertical hedge
Pruning 2-bud spurs every 15cm and Cane Pruning
Yield Approximately 6.7 t/ha
Irrigation Supplementary drip
Vintage Very hot and dry vintage, resulting in an early start to the picking, with different varieties ripening at the same time. A tough vintage for the winery crews!
Picking dates 16th February – 5th March
Grape sugar Average 22.5 °B
Acidity 7.1 g/l
pH at harvest 3.2
Yeasts Vin 7 / Alchemy 2
Fermentation temp 15 °C
Method De-stalk, crushed, pressed, settled & fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Residual Sugar 1.68 g/l
pH 3.31
Total acid 6.5 g/l
Alcohol 13.5% by volume
Maturation Pot 2012 – 2016

A typical Thelema Sauvignon Blanc – lovely fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, with a full, grassy palate, all in perfect balance.

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