Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2019
The Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc is unmistakably Sauvignon in character, with striking gooseberry and citrus aromas and a hint of herbal lemon-grass through to a lifted palate and a delicious, mouthwatering finish.
Producer Note - Founded in 1989, multi-award winning Mulderbosch Vineyards is one of South Africa's foremost wine producers. As advocates to the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) code, they manage their vineyards limiting the use of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. They use a restrained approach in the cellar to produce distinctive and characterful wines that represent the Stellenbosch terroir. Chenin Blanc is the Cape's signature variety and they have the largest planting of this variety in the world. In 1996, Mulderbosch was one of the very first producers in the Cape to ferment Chenin Blanc in barriques. The resultant wine garnered an avid following and Mulderbosch has since become synonymous with the variety.
Vineyard - The grapes come from Mulderbosh's estate vineyard and from the slopes of Simonsberg, the Polkadraai ward and vineyards close to False Bay on the lower slopes of the Helderberg. Some of the vineyards are within four kilometres of False Bay, where the strong influence of the Atlantic Ocean has a cooling effect during the warmest months of the year, encouraging balancing acidity to the concentrated fruit produced in this warm region. There is a strong geological consistency of decomposed granite to all the vineyards; while the soils consist of varying compositions of gravelly clay. The vineyards are trellised and trained to Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP), with moveable foliage wires. Mulderbosch cultivates without herbicides; and desuckering and leaf thinning is practiced where required in order to ensure optimum light penetration into the canopy to ensure even fruit ripening.
Winemaking - Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc was one of the vanguards of the South African industry in the early 1990's; it was memorably described by Jancis Robinson as 'the Cloudy Bay of South Africa'. The playing field has evolved significantly since then, and in order to remain distinctive, Mulderbosch began ageing their Sauvignon Blanc in neutral 500 litre barrels from the 2016 vintage. 24% of the blend was matured in neutral 500 litre French oak barrels for six months, while the remainder was matured in stainless steel tanks on the fine lees.
Tasting Note - Unmistakably Sauvignon in character, with striking citrus aromas and a hint of herbal lemon-grass on the nose. The Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc has green fig flavours on the palate which are lifted by natural acidity and balanced by a firm, chalky texture.
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc 100%
Winemaker: Adam Mason
Region: Western Cape
Sub region: Stellenbosch
Country: South Africa
Dry/Sweet value: 1 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 2
Contains Sulphites: Yes
The technical information on this wine is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. This information may be subject to change according to vintage.