The Robertson River Valley is a warmer region, so we have to work a bit harder to produce great Sauvignon Blanc. About 35% of the grapes are harvested very early a low sugar levels. The wine made from these grapes is high in acidity, and have prominent grassy aromas, but is low on body and fruity flavours and body. Pale yellow-green in colour, the nose is complex yet an enticing bouquet of passion fruit, lime and ripe fig leads to complex flavors of citrus, herbs and gooseberry on the palate. A bracing acidity and long fruity finish balance out this invigorating, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc. Easy-drinking wine to enjoy before sitting down at the table but also pairs best with chicken filet with roasted lemons, green olives and capers.
Generally the Sauvignon Blanc on Excelsior grows on alluvial terraces. Our grapes are harvested by hand for greater quality control and immediately destemmed and cooled. Skin contact was maintained for 6 hours, and then the grapes were carefully pressed in order to avoid bitter phenols. The wine is then cold fermented for 15 days at temperatures between 12° and 15° Celsius.