Waterkloof

2019 Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc

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2019 Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc
2019 Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc
2019 Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc
2019 Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc

Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc is often described as The Pouilly Fumé of Stellenbosch. Stunning!

Tasting Notes

Nose

Crushed laurel on the nose with more than a nuance of residual seaside salt.

Palate

This has a big and textured palate with stone fruit and fennel hints – it is rich and minerally, showing even a slight rocky quality about it. As bracing as the wind through the vines at Waterkloof.

Production

Living soils and a natural approach to winemaking means that each of the single-varietal wines in the Circumstance range is truly defined by the circumstances influencing the chosen varietal and vineyard blocks, including soil, aspect, altitude, and vintage. These factors combine to produce low yields, balanced grapes, and wines with a true sense of place. The Sauvignon Blanc is from three windswept, south-facing (less sun exposure) blocks 270-300m above and a mere 2 miles from The Atlantic. The vines are 20 years old and production was a miserly 4 tons per hectare. Waterkloof follows a traditional, minimalistic approach in their gravitational cellar which means interfering as little as possible with the winemaking process. This allows the flavours prevalent in that specific vineyard to ultimately express themselves in the wine. To achieve this goal, all grapes are whole-bunch pressed, which ensures that juice is extracted in the gentlest way. The juice is then settled naturally for 24 hours. Naturally present wild yeast is employed to ferment the juice, mainly in old 600litre barrels (90%). This leads to a longer fermentation process with a slow release of aromas and a more structured palate. The natural fermentation process took 7-8 months to complete, after which the wine was left on the gross less for another 6 months. There are no added acid or enzymes during the winemaking process, with only a light filtration and a small addition of sulphur added as a preservative prior to bottling.

Awards

  • The Wine Merchant Top 100 2019 - 2017 Vintage

Specifications

Year 2019
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.1 units
Type White Wine
Cellaring Potential Awaiting info
Features Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable, Natural
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Food Matches Ideal with fresh oysters or fresh crayfish on the grill. Great with a goat's cheese too.
Origin Stellenbosch
Appellation South Africa