ELGIN VINTNERS “THE CENTURY” SAUVIGNON BLANC/SEMILLON
ORIGIN Wine of Origin Elgin.
This white Bordeaux blend has been named “The Century” in honour of Mr. Douglas Moodie of Eikenhof, who attained 100 years of age in September 2011, and who was one of the primary founders of the fruit industry within the Elgin Valley. It is his extensive vision which we wish to salute with this wine.
A particularly stony section, where vine vigour is restrained, was identified within Helderfontein’s Semillon. During the dry 2017 vintage the grapes were in pristine, rot-free condition. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes, clones SB316 and SB11, were sourced from Elgin Orchards and Wallovale Vineyards. The overall viticultural direction was to create an
open canopy with leaf plucking in the bunch zone soon after berry set in order to enhance the aromatic fruit flavours of the grapes.
The blend comprises 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were destemmed and taken straight to the press. Contact with oxygen was limited to preserve the more delicate flavours. After racking, the Sauvignon Blanc juice was inoculated with
Alchemy II and the Semillon with VIN13, then cold fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. Extended lees contact enhances the mouthfeel. Post blending, the wine received a light bentonite fining and was racked under a carbon dioxide blanket to the final pre-bottling tank.
Bottling took place on 8th September 2017. Minimal interference with minimal sulphurs (<90ppm), this wine is a perfect example of reductive winemaking.
This white Bordeaux-style blend immediately draws the eye with its clear, brilliant, light yellow colour still tinged with green. The wine leads with inviting aromas of pear drops, mango, fennel and ripe figs with a subtle touch of waxy lanolin imparted by the inclusion of Semillon.
Luxurious sun-ripened Golden Delicious apples and quince intertwine with an oyster shell mineral core, generous creaminess and harmonious acidity. A satisfying wine, displaying textured layers of fruit which linger indulgently. Whilst this wine drinks extremely well now, it will show even greater complexity with further maturation.