Named in tribute to the rich farming history of the estate. The Sauvignon blanc block on the estate was planted on the site where the first plantings of Proffesor Blacks’ hugely successful peach stood. The block is being replanted and until then the wine is an ultimate cool climate expression of A Bordeaux white. Sauvignon and Semillon from selected sites in Darling and Elgin. One of the most exciting wines produced at Warwick, the maiden vintage 2017 was highly acclaimed and awarded.
The Sauvignon Blanc hailed from a 17-year-old vineyard site in Darling growing on deep-red Hutton and Clovelly soils. The block is situated in the well-known Darling Hills on a western slope, 13 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean. The Semillon component was harvested from a 14-year-old block in Elgin. The site was chosen for its South-Western aspect as well as for the soils comprising of gravelly topsoil with some ferricrete (iron rich) deposits, on top of clay subsoil from weathered shale. A classic white Bordeaux blend comprised of Sauvignon Blanc (65%) and Semillon (35%).
The wine shows flavours of blackcurrant, which is typical of a white Bordeaux blend as well as passion fruit, litchi and citrus. There’s a hint of white florals such as winter lilies, with an edge of minerality calling up wet slate. The Sauvignon Blanc component brings the aromatics, and in turn the Semillon offers structure and body. Subtle French oak flavours complement the blend. The wine is matured in 100% used French oak. The barrels used were 400L Semillon/225L Sauvignon.
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Yellowtail tartar with citrus zest and avocado. Steamed shellfish in a saffron-scented broth.
Best Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon Trophy at Old Mutual Trophy Show