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Sauvignon Blanc [reserve] 2016

Sauvignon Blanc [reserve] 2016

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The 2016 Schaapenberg Sauvignon Blanc is extremely aromatic with ripe passion fruit and guava, grapefruit, a touch of lemongrass and good minerality. The aftertaste is long and clean. Serve with fresh oysters, sushi and lightly spicy Cape Malay cuisine.

The previous 2015 vintage was generally regarded as the earliest harvest for some decades. During the assessment of the vintage in December over dinner last year, Michel Rolland casually mentioned that the team at Vergelegen had to be wide awake as the 2016 harvest would be even earlier and he was so right!  The Schaapenberg grapes were picked on 6 and 11 February 2016, the earliest ever on average by 23 days.  The 2016 crop is the product of the worst drought since 1904 and this coupled with high summer temperatures led to a 50% lower crop. I was obviously very concerned about the effect of the heat/drought on the phenolic composition of the grapes and carefully and slowly pressed the grapes to a maximum juice yield of 550 litres per ton (versus the normal 678). The 2016 is a very fruit forward and juicy Sauvignon that will delight consumers that are familiar with classic Schaapenberg vintages such as 1998, 1999 , 2001, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015.  Released:  October 2016.

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