The Wines of Peter Falke, which are grown and made on Groenvlei Farm up the Annandale Road on the lower slopes of the Helderberg, have the benefits of growing up in a fine climate with the benefit of cooling midsummer breezes off False Bay. These cause a slower ripening, and thus a fuller flavour in the final wine. The Peter Falke PF Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is a fine example of the quality of wine produced by the Estate.
Werner Schrenk, the GM and Winemaker on the Estate, is meticulous about his vineyards and then the selection of the bunches at the time of harvesting. Any over ripe or rotten grapes are left on the vines. Once in the cellar the bunches are again inspected and MOG [Material other than grapes!] is removed. Once destemmed, the grapes are given a gentle crushing after which the grapes are soaked in the juice for 6 hours. Clean juice is run off and the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. Once fermentation is over, the wine is racked off the gross lees and then left on the fine lees for a further two to three months. This enhances the flavours and builds a good mid palate. The wine was then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under natural cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottle, with an elegant livery. Bordeaux is the home of Sauvignon Blanc. In the glass, it is a gem bright pale golden straw with lime green flashes.
It smells like
More tropical than green aromas, with whiffs of lemony lime citrus.
It tastes like
Rich notes of granadilla, piel de sapo melon with good citrus backing. Lovely crisp acidity runs through from entry to exit. Full mid palate and a long and gently waning elegant aftertaste.
It’s good with
A most popular white wine, perfect as a refreshing glass on its own or as an aperitif with a meal. Goes with most light, green and crunchy summer foods. Anina Meyer’s Spicy Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl is the perfect midday meal under a pergola with a gentle breeze and a glass of this wine. Click here for her recipe.
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