Ernie Els Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The previous growing season had its challenges, which seemed to roll over into the 2016/2017 growing season with the continuation of the drought. Winter 2016 was quite dry with even less rain than the previous year. Spring was an illusion as we basically went straight into warmer summer days. Bud burst was good due to sufficient soil moisture, but with the warmer spring/summer weather the soil started losing moisture quickly which naturally reduced shoot growth.  The vineyard then naturally focuses its energy on developing and ripening the small bunches.  Smaller berries led to more concentrated colour and flavour. The dry conditions also led to the vineyards and grapes being very healthy overall.

With moderate, but warm days during December and January we saw the start of harvest return to its normal date. The uninterrupted warmth during harvest also helped the bunches reach optimal ripeness while the berries steadily developed its flavours over a slightly longer period of time. The white wines from the 2017 vintage appear astoundingly good, with great structure and good flavours. 

  • Tasting Notes

    The concentrated and highly anticipated 2017 vintage has produced a rich and flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc. Sourced from both Stellenbosch and Philadelphia, there is terrific balance of tropical fruit, cool climate elegance and a mineral structure. Blasts of gooseberries, guava, passionfruit and lime coat your palate in a dance-off between freshness and power. A dash of Semillon complements the palate further, offering a touch of spice and deep texture. A hint of herbs on the finish add further complexity to a charming yet momentous Sauvignon Blanc.

  • Technical Analysis

    Alc. 13.91 By Vol.
    R.S. 2.7 g/l
    T.A. 7.1g/l
    pH 3.3

  • Blend Information

    Sauvignon Blanc 96.6%  
    Semillon 3.4%

  • In The Vineyard

    The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were harvested from individually selected, low yielding vines from two appellations namely Darling and Stellenbosch. Each viticultural area and terroir lends its own unique flavour profile to the final blend.

  • About The Harvest

    February, 2017.  23.0° Brix average sugar at harvest