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2013 La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc Organically Grown

2013 La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc Organically Grown

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Made from organically grown grapes, this ample bodied wine shows intense lemon, melon and green apple flavours complemented by aromas from the natural flora (‘fynbos’) in its habitat – a veritable expression of its unique terroir. The crisp acidity lends freshness to the palate.

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This is a 100% Sauvignon Blanc wine, made from the tenth production of grapes from one vineyard in the Walker Bay area close to the town of Bot River. The slope faces south-west and lies about ten kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean.

The season started with a dry winter and high water levels in the soils as well as in dams. This resulted in good budding, approximately two weeks later than normal. During November, wind caused slight damages. During December it was hot, but closer to harvest-time, night temperatures were noticeably lower, a condition that probably contributed towards high natural acids, promoting quality. Grapes were eventually harvested between 3 and 7 February. Wines are full, with good intensity and high natural acids.

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 trellìsed and irrigated. The block was planted in 2001 and is organically managed. 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 of twenty days ín stainless steel tanks was at 14 degrees Celsius. The wine was left on the lees for 5 months before bottling at La Motte in August 2013. Only 7 500 cases (6 x 750 ml) were produced.

Although not a full-ripe style, the wine is fruity, with gooseberry, passion fruit, ripe apple and hints of dry wild grass in the background. While slightly less minerality than normal came from this vineyard, the wine has good intensity on the nose and a bigger body than in other years.

Alcohol 12,82% vol
Residual sugar 1,7 g/l
Total acid 6,6 g/I
pH 3,3