Journeys End ‘Weather Station’ Sauvignon Blanc 2021

R100.00

An important name in the Western Cape. This Sauvignon Blanc was named The Weather Station because the SB11 clone which is the component used in this wine, had a big resurgence in the 1970’s in Stellenbosch, and the Afrikanners aptly named it the ‘Weerstasie Kloon’. Its name derived from its location next to an old Weather Station. Which is now the Stellenbosch Wine Campus!

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Description

THE WEATHER STATION SAUVIGNON BLANC 2021

W.O. Coastal Region

Winemaking Notes

The blocks that constitute the Weather Station rest at the highest elevation on the farm at around above 200m above sea level and are a mere 9Km away from the False Bay coastline. Grapes were handpicked early in the morning while temperatures were still cold to ensure minimal oxidation and preserve delicate fruit flavours. Bunches are hand sorted, destemmed and crushed as gently as possible. The grapes then undergo eight hours of skin contact to enhance aromatic extraction. The juice is settled enzymatically before being racked into the fermentation tanks. Temperatures were kept below 13°C throughout the fermentation to retain aromatic intensity. The fermentation lasted up to 40 days at low temperatures and the wine was eventually moved into stainless steel tanks for 4 months with weekly lees stirring to add richness, complexity and lift the mouthfeel of the wine. The wine was then racked from the lees, fined and stabilized in preparation for bottling. We fine the wine with bentonite which means our wine is vegan friendly.

Tasting Notes

Clear pale lemon colour with hints of green. The 2020 edition of the Weather Station displays far riper tropical fruit notes than previous vintages while maintaining the fresh natural acidity and minerality distinctive of the area. Pronounced nose with passionfruit, green apple and piney notes complimented by salty minerality and hints of kiwifruit. A lovely weight and round-mouth feel on the mid-palate, balanced acidity bringing freshness and length to the finish. Ready to drink now.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acidity: 6.28 g/L
pH: 3.32
Residual Sugar: 2.38 g/L

Viticulture

Aspect South facing slopes
Soil type Tukulu, decomposed granite
Climate Coastal
Planting date 2008
Average tonnage 8 tons/ha
Irrigation Drip irrigation
Clones SB11
Trellis system Extended Perold, 7 Strand
Harvest dates Late January 2020

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