The Wine: Pale straw with a hint of lime green. On the nose White peaches, chalky, litchi, cinnamon spice and citrus blossom.On the palate Citrus bonbons with a textured mid pallet of ripe green plums and naartjie life savers with a long, balanced finish.
Food Pairing: Pork,Game, Rich fish, Shellfish,Spicy foodPoultry, Lean fish, Mild and soft cheese, Fruity desserts
Winemaker : Niels Verburg
Wine Region: Bot River Western Cape
At a Glance: ABV: 12.9% pH: 3.51 TA: 5.4 g/l RS: 2.2 g/l
In the Vineyard: This is the third addition of the very successful Saboteur White Blend. 2017 was a challenging vintage in the sense that the lack of rainfall and almost drought conditions, resulted in a small Chenin Blanc crop. On the plus side, this resulted in smaller berry size and greater concentration in flavour.
Grapes were sourced from three vineyard sites:
Bot River, Barton Chenin Blanc harvested 13th & 28th February 2017 Bot River, Wildekrans Chenin Blanc harvested on 28th February 2017 Overberg, Villiersdorp Cellars harvested on 3rd March 2017
In the cellar: The Chenin Blanc was fermented naturally on skins for a period of 6 to 18 days, depending on the particular batch of Chenin Blanc. The Viognier came in later and was fermented for 12 days on skins. The Blanc Fumé portion was fermented in barrel and batonaged to get rid of as much Sauvignon Blanc characteristics as possible. All the components spent 6 months in old French Oak barrels. At no stage was anything added to this wine. We racked and made up the blend and the only time we added SO2 was to protect the wine for the bottling process.
16 980 bottles of this vintage were produced