With International Sauvignon Blanc Day upon us, it is celebrated each year on May 3rd, it is appropriate that I talk about the Glen Carlou Vineyards The Curator’s Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017. Glen Carlou Vineyards is situated on the east facing Simonsberg Mountain foothills in the Paarl Wine Appellation. There are 31 vineyard blocks planted on the Estate, each planted and nurtured according to its own unique potential, respecting the natural cycles of the vines. A vineyard replanting programme is currently underway so as to be adding five hectares per year. Hardier, tougher drought resistant root stocks and new varietal clonal selections are being planted.
The 145 hectare property transferred back to local ownership when, in 2016, Glen Carlou was purchased by a South African family consortium and the excitement for the years ahead is driven by Johnnie Calitz, maker of some exciting wines on Glen Carlou, using both the Estate’s grapes and those from trusted producers in other Wine Appellations.
The grapes for the Glen Carlou Vineyards The Curator’s Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017 come from a single unirrigated bush vine block in the Darling Wine Appellation, known for being cool as a result of on shore breezes coming off the cold Benguela Current which runs up the West Coast of South Africa. The wine was made in the midst of the worst drought in the Western Cape in living memory. They bunches were lighter, the berries smaller and the fruit and mineral flavours more intense. Hand picked off a steep sloping vineyard accessible only on foot, the grapes are fermented in the absence of oxygen in the cement clay Nomblot Egg shaped fermenters, using only the free run juice and the natural yeasts from the vineyards. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed the natural cork and the top of the bottle encased in white and gold wax. The label is made of artisanal paper and the words look like they have been knocked up by a secretary with an old fashioned typewriter – very enchanting and different. In the glass, it is a pale straw and gem bright. From entry there is a crisp line of acidity which runs through the generously fruited mid palate and into the long and slowly waning aftertaste. Mineral and typical green flavours of fig and asparagus and a fynbos herbaceousness. If cool cellared it will continue to reward up until the end of next year.
The Glen Carlou Vineyards The Curator’s Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is a perfect mid-morning refresher, or the ideal lunch time wine for under the pergola in these Champagne days of Autumn. I had a loved Aunt who used to bake a Pissaladière before Sunday lunch when I was a boy. So, I have a preset predilection for Pissaladière! NOMU Foods offer a particularly delicious one. Click HERE for the recipe, and to read more about their fabulous products.
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