Two Dogs, a Peacock & a Horse
It’s a mouthful, just like the wine. Why the long and complicated name? We don’t know, but everybody seems to remember at least one of the animals, so we are selling dogs, peacocks and horses all to the same discerning wine drinkers.
The nose is opulent with aromas of melon, granadilla, pear, citrus and litchi. The palate is lively and concentrated with flavours of tropical fruits, gooseberry, creamy richness from the extended lees contact and lingering with fresh acidity and minerality.
The fruit for the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc was selected from four vineyards around the Franschhoek Valley. Each site contributing a different flavour profile to the final blend as it grows on diverse soil types and slopes. Each vineyard is therefore handled separately to capture its unique personality.
All our fruit is handpicked in the early morning and handled reductively to preserve the integrity of the fruit. After destemming a period of skin contact is allowed according to chemical analysis and phenolic, flavour ripeness. A light pressing is followed by 3 days of cold settling to clarify the juice. 3 Months of full lees contact is allowed post fermentation to add richness and texture to the wine. The components are then blended and stabilized prior to bottling.
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