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Over the Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Tasting Notes

2013 marks our fourth vintage and as the vines mature so does the character and quality of the fruit produced by these vineyards. It’s familiar profile of pineapple, elder flower and green apple are evident in the aroma of the wine. On the palate, as with previous vintages is shows a balanced fruit acidity, fresh coastal characteristics and that ever familiar lingering minerality. This year also that typical South African Sauvignon blanc characters of freshly cut grass and fynbos are there at every welcome sip. Serve chilled at 10-12 ̊C. It will open up well in the glass and can be enjoyed as an aperitif or matched with seafood, chicken, lightly spiced or fragrant dishes.

Technical Analysis

Alcohol: 13.14%     Residual Sugar: 1.6 g/l     Total Acidity: 6.6 g/l     pH: 3.36
Harvested 25th February and 8/9 March 2013    Bottled:  9th October 2013  Ageing potential: 3-4 years
Production: 11,070 bottles (750ml)

Harvest Report

The Seven Springs harvest season had never started so late, for producers across the Western Cape it was not only late but also around two weeks shorter than usual. The prolonged winter conditions had continued well into September in some areas and was  followed by a cool spring, with the occasional rains and even floods on some farms. These cold, wet weather conditions ensured even bud burst across the vineyard, and the accumulation of water allowed the vines to cope with the warmer conditions later in the season.

The vineyards had good growth in ideal dry weather conditions during flowering and whilst the fruit set, which happens around late October early November. We experienced none of the customary gale force winds which often prevail early in the season and the grapevines were able to flourish, but the southeaster was out in force throughout December.
From mid January until April the conditions were hot and dry, making it a challenging year with respect to irrigation management. The ripening period was dry and warm, keeping our harvest season quite short.
Watch our video, listen to what our Winemaker  has to say about Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2013
 
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