Original Sin Sauvignon Blanc 2017
95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon
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.
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.
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)
Production: 2200 cases of 6 x 750ml bottles
|2018 Tim Atkin | 91 Points|
|2018 Ultra Value Wine Challenge | Silver|
|2018 Veritas Wine Awards | Bronze|