Technical Tasting Sheets:
The perfect summer seafood feast companion, but will also reward putting away for a few summers to come.
The 2016 vintage will be remembered for the January heat wave and low rainfall that inevitably had a profound affect on the yield that would be down by between 10 and 20%.
Satellite images were used to classify the vineyards according to growing patterns. Picking times were established based on analysis, phenolic ripeness and flavor compositions. Grapes from Darling, De Grendel and Lutouw were vinified individually as potential components of Koetshuis and blended afterwards to ensure complexity and depth. Eleven percent of the fruit was barrel fermented in new French and Romanian oak for 120 days, then blended into the tank wine, in order to increase complexity in the final product. The Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc grapes are handled differently in the vineyards as well as in the cellar to ensure a bigger and a bolder wine. It is picked riper, receives longer skin contact, longer cold settling as well as extended lees contact after fermentation with batonage on more frequent intervals.
- Mundus Vini Germany 2017 Gold