Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson, South Africa 2020
|Wine Type||White Wine|
|Body / Style||Crisp & Dry, Full-Bodied White|
|Grape Blend||100% Sauvignon Blanc|
|Bottle Size (ml)||750|
|Extra Info||Zesty, grassy, sophisticated|
|Food Pairing Guide||Great with a zesty salad with chilli and lime dressing, but just as good on its own!|
Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc is a great value alternative to a New Zealand Sauvignon. It's very fragrant, with passion fruit, grapefruit and freshly cut grass aromas. When you drink it, it's clean and zesty with exotic fruitiness. This Sauvignon undergoes a very short period of skin contact which just adds a bit more weight to the wine, giving it a slightly more sophisticated feel than some others at this price point.
For years the Excelsior land was grazed by thoroughbred horses, the limestone rich soils thought to provide them with a source of calcium through the vegetation they consumed. This limestone content has proven to be beneficial for grape growing; the grapes grown here display greater spice notes in reds and fresher acidity in whites, than is typical in the Robertson region. The Sauvignon Blanc comes from three different vineyards. The early picked component is from low altitude alluvial soils, producing grassy wines with high acidity. The second component is from high altitude vineyards, 400 metres above sea level on decomposed sandstone. This wine has a mineral and green apple character. The last component comes from limestone, clay rich soils which add ripe tropical characters and body to the wine.
2019 was the second consecutive drought vintage in the Robertson area. Water shortages were experienced right through the summer. Fortunately the weather was not excessively hot so the vines coped well in the dry environment with the fruit harvested some of the healthiest on record.
The 19th century De Wet farm is located in the picturesque Robertson Valley, between two rugged mountain ranges near the Breede River, where it benefits from ideal conditions for breeding horses and growing vines. Historically, the farm had three activities: horse and ostrich breeding and vine growing, but today winemaking is the main activity. Owning 220 hectares of their own vines and having a bottling line on site has allowed the winery to control all aspects of the winemaking. The De Wet family has also developed a social program which benefits its employees and the local community and, through the sales of Excelsior wines, has financed the building of a local crèche as well as the two teachers for the village school.
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