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Elgin Sauvignon Blanc, Waterford Estate

A strict selection of Elgin’s best quality vineyards and wine batches, mostly from a single producer. Six different blocks of Sauvignon Blanc are used to create a various number of batches of wine to select from for the blend.

A strict selection of Elgin’s best quality vineyards and wine batches. A very focused style of Sauvignon blanc showing fresh grapefruit, granadilla and green apple fruit, with underlying chalk and slate notes confirming the Elgin origin of the grapes. The palate is finely textured with crisp fruit, fresh natural acidity, and a deceptively long finish of flavours. A wine showing the true expression of Elgin terroir on Sauvignon blanc.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.4 g/L

pH

3.32

ACIDITY

7.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark le Roux

VARIETY

Sauvignon Blanc

FINED USING

Bentonite, Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Elgin

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

There were good winter rains but still below the normal average, with odd warm days and some snowfall during late winter/ early spring along with some rain helped dam levels rise. These conditions also prepared for good, even budding to start the growing season. Mid-growing season was a little challenging with odd rain showers driving up humidity and disease pressure. With good growing conditions, came along a large quantity of bunches which required the team to do excessive bunch thinning and yield control measures, which gave a great opportunity to really select the best bunches available to ripen. A week before the harvest was to commence, the vineyards had to experience howling winds reaching up to 110km/h causing a lot of physical damage. During ripening the odd heat wave was experienced but overall lovely warm days and coolish nights allowed for perfect ripening and earlier picking dates. This resulted in lovely fresh, flavoured and rich wines with relatively low alcohol levels.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts
IWC: Silver

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate, Waterford also has Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) accreditation and is a member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative (BWI).

 

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Pale and scented, with subtle reduction and a tangy finish.

Tim Atkin MW

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Elgin Sauvignon Blanc, Waterford Estate

A strict selection of Elgin’s best quality vineyards and wine batches, mostly from a single producer. Six different blocks of Sauvignon Blanc are used to create a various number of batches of wine to select from for the blend.

A very focused style of Sauvignon Blanc showing fresh granadilla and green apple fruit, with underlying chalk and slate notes confirming the Elgin origin of the grapes. The palate is finely textured with crisp fruit, fresh natural acidity, and a deceptively long finish of flavours.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.1 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.1 g/L

pH

3.17

ACIDITY

7.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Mark Le Roux

VARIETY

Sauvignon Blanc

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Elgin

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The ongoing drought continued to play a huge role on the 2019 vintage, a dry and warm winter hindering the dormancy period which is vital for even growth and survival. Across the board Waterford experienced on average a 30% drop in yield. Berries at harvest time were tiny and highly concentrated in flavour, and due to relatively cool and dry summer weather, the wines also ended up with low alcohols and softer acidities.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts

Green credentials

A World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion and accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate, Waterford also has Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) accreditation and is a member of the Biodiversity in Wine Initiative (BWI).

Tasting video

With cellarmaster Kevin Arnold. (Apologies for the sound quality)

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