Callender Peak, Winterhoek Sauvignon Blanc 750ml 2018South Africa, Ceres
The farm was a nursery for young deciduous fruit trees and the farmers took scant notice of the vines. Years passed before the Macdonalds were urged by a winemaker to harvest the grapes. They were eventually harvested and made into 2 barrels of wine, by winemaker Donovan Rall.
'Stone-fruit and green melon with subtle oak nuances on the nose. The palate is mineral and citrus driven with struck match and nutty lees flavours. A fresh almost limey acidity contributes to the wine’s length and gives balance to the creamy texture of the barrel fermented component.' – Winemaker
100% fruit from the unique Ceres Plateau appelation. 2 vineyards, one called "Kliptuin" which translates to "stone garden". This is the site the first vines were planted on the farm and another called "rivierblok" with more sandy soils. Very long cold winters and cooler than normal ripening periods causes these grapes up in the mountains to ripen at least a month or in some years up to 2months later than regions like stellenbosch. winemaking is kept as basic as possible. Whole bunch pressed to tank to settle overnight without any additions and racked to second and third fill french barriques the next day. Spontaneous fermentation can last up to 6 months. Full malolactic if the wine wants to and after 10 months on the lees the first racking takes place when the wine is blended and returned to barrel for another 2 months before bottling with minimal filtration.
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