2011 La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc Organically Grown
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This is a 100% Sauvignon Blanc wine, made from the eighth production of grapes from one vineyard close to the town of Bot River in the Walker Bay area. The slope faces south-west and is situated about ten kilometres from the Indian Ocean.
Buddìng started early as a result of a warm August, spring and flowering time turnecl colcl again, causing unfavourable conditions. Summer was dry, with a heat wave in early January, while generally dry and hot conditions caused harvest-time to be even earlier. White wine flavours are not intense, but there is a good balance ín the analyses and taste.
Plant material is from the clone SB11 grafted on rootstock Richter 99. Plant width is 2,7 x 1,2 metres and the vineyard is trellisecl and irrigated. The block was planted in 2001 and is managed organically. With medium potential soils, together with strong winds and the elimination of fertilizers, conditions for the vines are very challenging, resulting in fruit with a good flavour concentration.
Grapes were picked at 22 degrees Balling and transported to the La Motte cellar in a refrigerated truck. After de-stalking, the grapes were cold-soaked for sixteen hours. Fermentation Qfthirty days in stainless steel tanks was at 12 degrees Celsius. The wine was left on the lees for five months before bottling at La Motte on 17 June 2011. Only 5 400 cartons (6 x 750 ml) were bottled.