Trizanne Signature Wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Elim, South Africa, 2017
Elim is an ancient land, at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, and at the mercy of the prevailing south easterly wind. It is in this, the coolest of cool South African climates that Trizanne has realised her ambition to make aromatic, textured, elegant white wines. Latterly she has also developed a wonderful Syrah in this wind ravaged land too. To balance these challenges she also works in Swartland, the home of the recent South African winemaking renaissance, making reds that are light of touch, vibrant and full of life.
Grapes are sourced from 2 different farms and 4 different parcels. Soils vary from ferricrete, schale and decomposed granite.Vineyards are trellised and irrigated during the young vine stadium. Predominant winds in the summer is the South Easterlies which has a cooling effect from the Atlantic and Indian ocean, resulting in long ripening periods. It is a Maritime climate.
Grapes are picked early morning and transported to the winery. They are left in refrigerated containers overnight to cool the grapes down to 10C, after which they are destemmed, crushed and pressed. The juice is then racked to tank, settled for 36 hours and then inoculated. Fermentation is approximately 14 days at 14C. The lees are stirred in tank for another 2 weeks before being racked off the gross lees. Wines are left on the fine lees for approx 3-6 months before bottling.
No oak treatment.
Vibrant and fresh nose of crushed rocks, ripe pear and yellow gooseberry. Quite energetic on the palate which builds and has more profundity than one may first realise. Walks the tightrope between bracing Elim freshness and ripe fruit brilliantly. Finishes on a dry, clean and very classy note.
Fresh oysters is the obvious match for this super Sauvignon!