Nederburg The Young Airhawk Sauvignon Blanc 2018, in honour of Arnold Graue, so good with Jane Anne Hobbs’s Summer Linguine with a Cold Sauce of Poached Chicken, Tomatoes and Basil…

Nederburg The Young Airhawk Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Arnold Graue, only child of Johann and Ilse was well known, as was his father for his winemaking prowess. Arnold introduced various technical innovations at Nederburg and won many prizes during his career in the late 1940s and 50s. He was also a keen young pilot, who loved to explore the wide-open skies of Africa. Arnold Graue, a keen pilot, tragically died in an air-crash in 1955 at Youngsfield in Cape Town. His legacy lives on through this wine, one of Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes Series.

Sauvignon Blanc in the hands of the harvester

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes for the Nederburg The Young Airhawk Sauvignon Blanc 2018 were hand-harvested during the early hours of the morning from selected vineyard blocks in the Darling area, each offering different facets of the varietal’s character. Once in the cellar, wine maker Elmarie Botes and her team destemmed the bunches and the juice, after pressing, was fermented in a combination of stainless-steel tanks and a combination of first, second, and third-fill 300 and 500 litre oak barrels. The fermentation temperature of each barrel was monitored regularly. After fermentation, the wine was kept on the lees for nine months, was stirred periodically to add creaminess and complexity to the wine. The wine was then blended and prepared for bottling.

Arnold Graue in the Nederburg Vineyards

From a Burgundy shaped bottle closed with a silver screw cap. The label is simple elegant and descriptive. In the glass, the wine is a pale golden straw colour. Aromas and palate segue one into the other. The aromas tend to indicate harvesting at both ends of the ideal ripeness green figs, sweet tropical limes and lemongrass. There is a wonderful undertow of sub-tropical fruits. Wonderful crisp acidity from entry, great mid palate and gently waning long aftertaste.

Jane Anne’s Salad, plate by her potter uncle, David Walters in Franschhoek

The Nederburg The Young Airhawk Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is a fine sipping wine and just made for good food. Jane Anne Hobbs’s Summer Linguine with a Cold Sauce of Poached Chicken, Tomatoes and Basil is the most perfect partner for a summer lunch. Click HERE for her recipe which is in her book Scrumptious.

Jane Anne Hobbs, one of my favourite food people

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