Original Sin Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Blend Information

95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon

Tasting Notes

The profile of this wine is based on the vines planted on a variation of Shale and Clay based soils and the wine therefore expresses the broad richness of the clay on the palate and aromatic tropical fruit and mineral character on the nose. Using a blend of yeasts and the intrigue achieved with the portion of Semillon, it shows concentrated tropical melon and pear drop, with a hint of lemon grass character and a full mineral follow through on the palate.

The Details

The Vineyard

This offering produced from shy-bearing vineyards that are situated on Babylon Farm in the Ward of Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Walker Bay. The wine, a clear and true reflection of the potential of the unique soils and maritime site situated in the hills above Hermanus, is released a year after vintage as a prime example of slow-developing cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc.

Varietal and Origin
Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge/Valley Sauvignon Blanc 95%
Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge Semillon 5%
Soil Type: Argillaceous Shale of the Bokkeveld Series
Aspect: South and South East
Trellising System: Vertical Shoot Positioning (Perold)
Age of Vines: 8 years
Vines per Hectare: 5400

Climate: These Walker Bay vineyards of Hemel en Aarde Ridge are situated within close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The maritime climate being more “temperate” in style, where parallel mountain ranges channel the southerly sea breezes through the appellation during the summer. These winds in turn bring regular sea mists and overcast conditions to the valley and with it more even temperatures. The average temperature is 19°C and rainfall, approximately, 750mm per year.

The Harvest

All grapes were harvested by hand in cool early morning temperatures. The grapes were harvested in six batches, in mid March. This was carried out in order to complexify the wines profile. Earlier picking to capture the perfumed green fruit profile and the later portion to ensure complexity on the palate.

Average Yield: 4 – 6 tons/ha (26 – 39hl/ha)

The Cellar

These batches of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes are harvested early in the morning and then destemmed and crushed at cold temperatures using dry ice to prevent oxidation of the must and to preserve flavours and aromas. The must then undergoes a period of skin contact of 4 hours at 10°C to capture some concentration from the skins. The skins are pressed lightly and the juice left to settle for a period of 48 hours at 5°C. The Sauvignon is fermented in stainless steel tanks and is maintained at temperatures between 12-16°C until the wine is dry. The Semillon fermented in small French Oak barrels until dry and left on the gross lees. Later they are blended into the Sauvignon after 4 months maturation. After careful blending the wine underwent a further 6-month period of maturation on the fermentation lees in tank, in order to further develop complexity and character on the nose and palate.

Production: 2200 cases of 6 x 750ml bottles

Our Awards

2018 Tim Atkin | 91 Points
2018 Ultra Value Wine Challenge | Silver
2018 Veritas Wine Awards | Bronze