La Niña Sauvignon Blanc 2019, 13% ABV, 750ml, White Wine
Cape Town, South Africa
Ripe green fruit, just cut grass and hay drying in the sun, with a fine chalky line and crystalline salty freshness. The barrel ageing brings excellent weight to the wine - lemon drops, set custard, lemon barley water, a gentle leesiness and roundness. A really lovely, texural expression of Sauvignon.
Sourced from a small block of vines just outside Cape Town - a suburban vineyard perched on a hillside on the south side of the Mother City, nestled between luxe residences, large gardens and tree lined drives. It’s a cool site, hence the name La Niña, for the complex cool weather pattern! Three days soaking on skins before pressing, and barrel aged for 10 months.
Another project from Xander Grier of Stand Alone Wines! This time in partnership with a friend and fellow winemaker, concentrating on coastal sites that are effected by the sea. In the same vein as Stand Alone, quantities are tiny, and the wines are made with a light hand and with nothing added other than minimal SO2 at bottling.