Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Unwooded and well-balanced, with fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, and a full grassy palate.
Drinking well now, and will develop well for 2 years.
As an apertif, or with delicately flavoured foods like salads, oysters, scallops and chicken.
|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|
|Pruning||2-bud spurs every 15cm and Cane Pruning|
|Yield||Approximately 5.3 t/ha|
|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||3rd February – 16th February|
|Grape sugar||Average 22.5 °B|
|pH at harvest||3.3|
|Yeasts||Vin 7 / Alchemy 2|
|Fermentation temp||15 °C|
|Method||De-stalk, crushed, pressed, settled & fermented in stainless steel tanks.|
|Residual Sugar||2.7 g/l|
|Total acid||6.6 g/l|
|Alcohol||13.81% by volume|
|Maturation Pot||2011 – 2015|
A typical Thelema Sauvignon Blanc – lovely fresh melon and grapefruit flavours, with a full, grassy palate, all in perfect balance.