Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2003 - Silver
Pale straw with a lively green colour. Packed with flinty gooseberry and a touch of citrus – yet maintaining its complex character of grassiness and nettle. This powerful and concentrated wine has become a trademark of Mulderbosch.
IN THE VINEYARD
Soil: Decomposed Malmesbury Shale, Tukulu.
Age of vines: 13 years
Trellising: Bush vines and trellised
Vine Density: 3 300 vines / ha
Picking date: During February 2002
Yield: 6 tonnes per hectare
Grape Sugar: 21 to 23° Balling
Acidity: 11.5g/l at harvest
pH at harvest: 3.1
IN THE CELLAR
The grapes were harvested in the early morning to ensure coolness, then crushed and lightly pressed. After this, the must was cold settled for two days before being inoculated with selected yeast cultures. The wine was cold fermented, and reductive winemaking techniques were applied to ensure minimal contact with oxygen, thus preserving fruit character. It was then blended and fined before bottling.
Fermentation temperature: 12 - 15°C.
Wood ageing: None
Total production: 1 644 x 12
The wine should be enjoyed young but may be kept for three to seven years.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Serve at 12 – 15°C. Serve with fresh asparagus; char-grilled artichokes; oysters; grilled line fish and shellfish; calamari; smoked salmon; seafood paella; chicken a la king; and oven baked goat’s milk cheese.
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