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Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2021

R 210.00

A special vineyard selection is made from high-quality vineyards in Lutzville and Darling, plus a small batch of Semillon from De Grendel Vineyards, in which meticulous vineyard management ensures superior fruit concentration and bolder flavours. Grapes were picked separately, depending on phenolic ripeness and flavour components. The vineyards are mostly nourished by weathered shale soils and yield 6 to 7 tons per hectare.

The 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.

The complexity of the Koetshuis promises excellent maturation potential and the wine will no doubt develop further over the next 3 to 5 years.

 

This wine calls for food with a weightier palate such as Chicken Saltimbocca, pork schnitzel with a cream sauce or simple gnocchi with burnt sage butter
The season presented a cold winter and a cold spring with good rainfall and a very cold spring with good rainfall and a very moderate growing period during summer. This resulted in a later-than-usual harvest and grapes were harvested 14 days later compared to 2020.
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. The 2% Semillon component was also fermented in oak. Finally, the portions were blended for flavour, depth, and complexity before being protein stabilised, cold stabilised, and bottled.

2020

  • Platter's Guide 2021 4 ½ Stars
  • Tim Atkin SA Report 2020 91 Points

2019

  • FNB Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Top 10
  • Platter's Guide 2021 5 Stars
  • Tim Atkin SA Report 2019 91 Points
  • Veritas Awards 2020 Gold
  • Winemag Sauvignon Blanc Report 2020 90 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