At Vergelegen all grapes are handpicked followed by storage in a refrigerated container at -20°C for 48 hours. The cool grapes (8-10°C) are then carefully sorted before de-stemming and temperature controlled fermentation The young red wine is then macerated on the skins for a further 4-7 weeks before going into barrel for 15 months.
The grapes for this premium Sauvignon Blanc were all from Vergelegen’s own vineyards.
Grapes from the selected vineyards were hand harvested at peak ripeness and transported to the Vergelegen cellar for temperature controlled fermentation. Musts and finished wines were kept in contact with their lees by stirring at least once daily to intensify the fruit flavour of the finished wine.
100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Pure, vibrant aromas of lime, gooseberry, white pepper and quince. Shows lovely elegance with the acidity balancing perfectly with the ripe fruit.
Fairview is situated on the lower slopes of Mount Paarl, which is more sheltered from the moderating maritime influence than nearby Stellenbosch. Vines were planted here as early as 1699. The property was bought by the grandfather of current owner, Charles Back, in 1937.
Fairview has a reputation for consistent quality across a range of innovative styles, using both classic and unusual varieties. The Fairview estate now has a total of 586 hectares of vineyard over four appellations: Paarl (350 hectares), Swartland (115 hectares), Darling (86 hectares) and Stellenbosch (35 hectares). This vineyard ownership in so many different regions allows Charles to produce a wide range of wines, from grapes grown in optimal conditions.
Grapes for this Sauvignon Blanc were grown on unirrigated vineyards in Darling. The grapes were machine harvested from very early in the morning, arriving at the cellar before sunrise to be fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine was left on its fine lees after fermentation, prior to blending and bottling.
Pale lemon in the glass. Tropical notes of ripe melon on the nose. With a lively minerality and fresh acidity, the palate is filled with flavours of the tropics. The wine has a full, rich and textured mouthfeel with a fresh finish.
“From these Elysian fields used to come one of the very greatest wines in the world – the legendary Constantia,” writes Hugh Johnson, “Constantia was bought by European courts in the 18th and 19th Centuries in preference to Yquem, Tokay, Madeira…”.
100% Muscat de Frontignan.
A rich, dark golden honey colour with intense perfumed nose of complex spice, cloves and vanilla. Developed secondary flavours of orange marmalade and dark chocolate. An intriguing and ever-evolving wine. The bold, sweet palate is perfectly balanced by tight acidity which results in a long-lingering honeyed finish.
The wine has the potential to age for 20 years +.
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