Zonnebloem Launches “EXCEPTIONAL” Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc

Posted on: 1 September 2015

Ask Elize Coetzee, cellar master of Zonnebloem Wines what’s special about the new Zonnebloem Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc and she will immediately say: “Its strong granadilla flavour.”

This usually tropical attribute comes from the grapes of a single vineyard block outside Stellenbosch of which the grapes have always displayed this characteristic to the extent where it has become known as the Granadilla Block.

The vines grow on a north facing slope where the grapes are cooled by the prevailing south-westerly wind blowing up the rows allowing the berries to concentrate their flavours as they slowly ripen.

This wine is only made in exceptional years and this year will be the first time it is made from the grapes of a single vineyard block. The fruit come from the Libertas farm – very close to the Adam Tas Cellar where Zonnebloem is made.

Christo Blake, owner of Libertas and the third generation of his family to deliver grapes to Zonnebloem, said for him the name Zonnebloem has always been synonymous with quality and that he was proud that the grapes from the farm met the winemaking team’s very high standards.

Elize says it was a privilege to craft the wine from such a unique vineyard block and describes it as “full and beautiful” with fresh tropical notes on the nose and crisp acidity on the palate. “The hint of granadilla remains to the end in the long, lingering aftertaste.” The lively, crisp character of the wine she ascribes in part to the harvest being slightly earlier this year producing grapes of optimum quality, with a pleasantly high acidity.

The wine can be drunk now or cellared for five to eight years. It is best served with green Thai dishes, tomato-based food, fish and other seafood, and poultry.

The 2015 Zonnebloem Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc costs about R90 and is available from November at the Distell Vinoteque, www.vinoteque.co.za.

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