The wine is brilliant with slight green tinges on a pale straw appearance. The nose is complex and intriguing, showing an array of classic aromas of gooseberry, fig, acacia flower, lemon grass and grapefruit with whiffs of slate and smoke. The palate is vibrant and precise with primary flavours of poached pear, granadilla, Granny Smith apple and the gentle citrus aromas of the nose following through. The mid-palate is elegant, zesty and very balanced with remarkable integrated acidity and freshness and the slightest hint of ginger and apple blossom. The wine finishes fresh and clean with hints of lime, chives and chalk.
Although we were still faced with the challenges of the ongoing drought during the 2018/2019 growing season, Helderberg were not as badly affected as other growing areas in the Stellenbosch district. The limited supply of irrigation water however urged us to manage the irrigation schedules effectively. Proximity to the ocean alleviated the dry conditions somewhat and contributed to the essential Sauvignon aromatics clearly portrayed in this wine. Our small berries were picked at optimum ripeness to ensure concentrated flavours. Fermentation took place in stainless steel at low temperatures and reductive practices were followed to produce a wine that is naturally well balanced, retaining as much of the varietal character as possible, without a distinct methoxypyrazine profile. The grapes were mostly sourced from cooler blocks on the Helderberg mountains. A careful selection was made to create a blend with delicate, yet intense, flavour and vibrancy.