As we approach Autumn, I think there is always time for a great Sauvignon Blanc. I must say that since moving to Johannesburg 2 years ago, I have a newfound respect for Sauvignon Blanc. In the Cape, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay seem to be the whites of choice. However, up here on the Highveld, Sauvignon Blanc seems to rule, and I think it has a lot to do with climate. Today, for example is a perfect day in Leafy Linden. Clearest of blue skies, virtually no wind and a glass of good Sauvignon Blanc at lunch time beckons. The Peter Falke Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is a fine example of the wine about which I talk.
The grapes for the Peter Falke Sauvignon Blanc 2019 come from the vineyards on Groenvlei Farm, the home of Peter Falke Wines. Werner Schrenk, the GM and Winemaker takes care of the vineyards in this premium stretch of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Cooling maritime breezes of False Bay ameliorate Summer heat in the vineyards and allow for longer hang time before ripening which adds so much to the character of the eventual wine.
For hand harvesting, there is already a sorting process which leaves rotten, or sun burned grapes on the vines. After arrival at the cellar, Werner and his team destalk and then do another sorting of berries to ensure that only the finest of grapes go through to the wine making process. Once crushed, the mash lies on the press for 6 hours of skin contact with the juice, adding additional flavour. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine lies on its fine lees for 2 to 3 months before being prepared for bottling.
From a green Bordeaux bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is classic, simple Peter Falke. In the glass, the wine is a brightshining pale golden straw. The aromas are a mix of early and late harvest during the ideal ripeness window. Mainly sub-tropical fruits, like granadilla, guava, and a fynbos herbaceousness. The palate is rich and generous with a line of intense pink grapefruit acidity running through from entry to the long and gently waning aftertaste. There is an undertow of river stone minerals at the end. This wine will improve with a couple of years of cool cellaring if you can keep away from it!
The Peter Falke Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is a wine perfect as an aperitif or as a glass on its own as a mid-morning refresher. As a food partner, it works well with crunchy green salads, fish, seafood or chicken. Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Salmon, Beetroot and Rocket Salad is just the most fabulous match. Click HERE for her recipe.
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