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Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2018

R 175.00

AWARDS  |  TASTING NOTES

The crisp, grassy De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc was so named because the grapes used to make this wine are grown in the vineyard that sprawls out right next to the old coach house (‘koetshuis’ in Afrikaans) where the wagons of days gone by were once kept.

These grapes are blended with grapes from Darling to create the very fresh wine, with capsicum, asparagus and gooseberry flavours that was awarded Veritas Double Gold for the 2013 vintage.

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.

The result is a wine that is stylistically different to our De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc in the sense that the wine leans more towards a fuller and richer style, with intense hints of minerality, gooseberries and green pepper on the nose and palate. Supported by a fresh acidity this wine is a full bodied white wine with a strong and long finish.

 

TASTING NOTES:

Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - PDF

Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - PDF

Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - PDF

Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2015 - PDF

Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - PDF

Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - PDF 

 

AWARDS:
2019 Tim Atkin SA Report 2019 91 Points
2017

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017 Gold

FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 2018

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2017 Gold

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2018 Double Gold

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2018 Gold

South African Wine Index 2018 Platinum

Tim Atkin SA Report 2017 91 Points

Veritas Awards 2018 Gold

Vitis Vinifera Awards 2017 Double Gold

2016 Mundus Vini Germany 2017 Gold
2015

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2015 Gold

Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2016 Double Gold

2014
Platter’s   4½ stars

Vitis Vinifera Awards Double Gold

2013

Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2018 Double Gold

Platter's 4½ Stars

Vitis Vinifera Awards 2013 Trophy

Veritas Double Gold

2011
Platter’s   4½ stars
2010

Platter's 4½ stars

Veritas Double Gold

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Pale straw in colour with a clean nose displaying aromas of crisp pineapple, fresh papaya, Asian pears and an underlying creamy richness from extended lees contact. This is a complex and multidimensional wine that will develop in both the glass and the bottle with time.
The subtle creaminess makes the Koetshuis the perfect companion to vichyssoise, deep fried polenta and parmesan fries, West Coast crayfish, or a goat’s cheese and pear salad.
A surprising, yet contradictory, growing season coming off the back of the severe heat and drought of 2017, the 2018 vintage experienced consistently hot and dry weather but no significant heat waves. The cold to moderate nights together with the much-needed light rain in early December resulted in disease-free grapes with excellent flavour concentration and acidity, delivering an approximate 15% increase in crop. The wine will express the heat of the year, displaying more tropical fruit if compared to the 2017 vintage.
With Lutzville and Darling batches being vinified individually for blending at a later stage, the handpicked grapes were crushed and allowed extended skin contact for approximately 6 hours before the juice was racked and settled for inoculation and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Approximately 18% of the juice was inoculated and fermented in a combination of new and 2nd fill French Oak barrels, where it was kept on the fine lees for 100 days. Finally, the portions were blended for flavour, depth and complexity before being protein stabilised, cold stabilised and bottled.

2017

  • China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017 Gold
  • FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 2018
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2017 Gold
  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2018 Double Gold
  • Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2018 Gold
  • South African Wine Index 2018 Platinum
  • Tim Atkin SA Report 2017 91 Points
  • Veritas Awards 2018 Gold
  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2017 Double Gold

2016

  • Mundus Vini Germany 2017 Gold

2015

  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2015 Gold
  • Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2016 Double Gold

2014

  • Platter’s 4½ stars
  • Vitis Vinifera Awards Double Gold

2013

  • Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2018 Double Gold
  • Platter's 4½ Stars
  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2013 Trophy
  • Veritas Double Gold

2011

  • Platter’s 4½ stars

2010

  • Platter's 4½ stars
  • Veritas Double Gold