2022 Hermanuspietersfontein Kat met 'n Houtbeen (Sauvignon Blanc)

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2022 Hermanuspietersfontein Kat met 'n Houtbeen (Sauvignon Blanc)
2022 Hermanuspietersfontein Kat met 'n Houtbeen (Sauvignon Blanc)
2022 Hermanuspietersfontein Kat met 'n Houtbeen (Sauvignon Blanc)
2022 Hermanuspietersfontein Kat met 'n Houtbeen (Sauvignon Blanc)
2022 Hermanuspietersfontein Kat met 'n Houtbeen (Sauvignon Blanc)
2022 Hermanuspietersfontein Kat met 'n Houtbeen (Sauvignon Blanc)
2022 Hermanuspietersfontein Kat met 'n Houtbeen (Sauvignon Blanc)
2022 Hermanuspietersfontein Kat met 'n Houtbeen (Sauvignon Blanc)

‘Kat Met Die Houtbeen’ translates to ‘Cat With The Wooden Leg’ from Afrikaans.

"Humbly hobbling along while counting her blessings

She once wandered onto our yard, cool, calm, and confident and made herself at home. Independently comfortable. Where she came from no one knows. Her adventures didn’t start here, it is here where it continues…"

This alludes to the lithe nature of the wine as well as the use of oak.  This is a fuller style Sauvignon Blanc that ferments and ages in both new (40%) and older oak for 12 months.

Tasting Notes 

Colour

Bright, clear, live green straw

Nose

Elegant aromas of exotic fruit (starfruit, dragon fruit), undertones of tropical aromas (passionfruit and ripe pineapple) and yellow fruit (peach).

Palate

Harmonious, elegant, and well-rounded supported by crisp freshness, good length with minerality at the end.

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Vinification

A fuller style Sauvignon blanc that ferments and ages in oak for 10-12 months depending on the vintage. We use old (75%) and new (25%) French oak pigeons (500L). Certain leaner vintages might contain a smidgeon of Sémillon to broaden the texture and palate.

The earlier vintages (2012-2017) are more in a linear style and will start to showcase some tertiary flavours, where the younger vintages (2018-2022) will have elegant aromas of exotic fruit (starfruit, dragon fruit), undertones of tropical aromas (passionfruit and ripe pineapple) and yellow fruit (peaches). On the palate we strive to create a fine balance between elegant and a well-rounded wine, supported by crisp freshness, good length and minerality at the end. These wines will age for 7 years and beyond, provided stored under optimum conditions

History

You’ve probably heard of the quaint beach town of Hermanus, situated on South Africa’s famous Whale Coast. Between 1855 and 1902, it was called Hermanuspietersfontein. In 1902, the local postmaster decided to shorten the name of the town to make addressing letters to the locals easier.

150 years later, the wine farm Hermanuspietersfontein, or HPF for short, craft outstanding wines with a serious sense of place. Their grapes come from Sondagskloof, which competes with Elgin and the Ceres Plateau for South Africa’s coolest wine growing region.

Accolades

  • 94 points - Platters 2024

Specifications

Year 2022
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar Sauvignon blanc, with a potentially small percentage of Semillon
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13.1% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.8 units
Type White Wine
Cellaring Potential Vibrant acidity and a lingering finish gives the wine at least 5 years ageing potential.
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Maturation in Oak
 12 months in French Oak 60% in old (2-3 years of age) French oak pigeons (500L) 40% in new French oak pigeons (500L). Then 3 months in tank, 6 months in bottle before release.
Food Matches Garlic and herb roast chicken or a classic chicken Caesar Salad if you’re in the mood for something a bit lighter.
Origin Sondagskloof, Walker Bay near Hermanus
Appellation WO Western Cape