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Lismore Estate, Cape South Coast, Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (1x75cl)

Country: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Vegan: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 13.5%
Product Code: SAWC0132B18S
Delivery: Not Available
£21.20

The 2017 vintage was Wine of the Week at www.JancisRobinson.com on 7th May 2021; note very shiny praise and reviews here in the full article.  

Awarded a high 17 points (of 20) on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.comreviewer Jancis herself - in March 2021 (see blue link below) and featured as part of her article (also featured in the Financial Times) Wines To Remind Us Of Spring (free to all, read the artlcle here)

Lismore Estate, Cape South Coast, Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - jancisrobinson.com March 2021 review

Decanter (www.decanter.com) said of the 2014 vintage, "If you are after textbook Sauvignon Blanc, then move away. This unique style is complex with notes of ripe peach and sweet spice. Unusual petrol notes emerge on the richly textured palate. The complexity and well-integrated oak and the mineral undertones make this wine highly distinctive, and a real gem".

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Californian Samantha O'Keefe has found paradise and the perfect terroir. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.

The Overberg region is rapidly earning a reputation for premium, cool climate grapes. Lismore's 12.5-hectare vineyard is planted at 300 metres above sea level, in the foothills of the Sonderend Mountain Range. The soils are made up of deep, decomposed shale. The aspect which faces away from the afternoon sun, combined with a generally low mean February temperature, allows an extended ripening period that can result in a harvest three to four weeks later than traditional wine growing regions in South Africa. Sauvignon Blanc is a variety that expresses a very distinct and specific sense of place or terroir. The distinct minerality of this Sauvignon Blanc is a clear indication of the cool climate in which it is grown.

The 2018 vintage saw hot, dry weather conditions throughout the vintage, which helped to reduce disease pressure. However the cooler nights helped to lengthen the ripening period and retain balancing acidity. The vines were healthy and produced smaller yields of concentrated berries delivering excellent varietal characteristics.

The wine was made in an 'oxidative' style. The must was barrel-fermented in older 300-litre barrels to bring forward richness and additional complexity. The wine was given extended less contact with occasional bâtonnage, to contribute further to the rounder mouth feel and creaminess of this elegantly textured wine. The wine was aged for nine months. The bracing acidity that is customary in New World Sauvignon Blancs has been brought into balance with a carefully chosen pick date and the barrel fermentation, creating a full-bodied, balanced wine.

Sauvignon Blanc 100%

This barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc is a full bodied, elegant and beautifully balanced wine. Floral notes of passion flower, fynbos and granadilla, combine with guava, gooseberry and pear on the palate along with an underlying minerality, imparting its signature style. A true expression of this unique terroir and its equally unique winemaker.

Lismore Estate Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - fiche technique

This wine is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.