Edwin Grace, our head wine maker, shares some of the insights of our Private Collection Sauvignon Blanc, here at Saxenburg and what makes it unique for us.
How has the harvest been this year? What have been the ups and downs? Are you expecting a good end result?
So far our harvest this year has been great and I am really happy with the quality of the Sauvignon Blanc for 2018. We did start the harvest 1-2 weeks later than the previous years. Generally the temperatures has been warmer than last year, resulting in a more tropical year for the Sauvignon Blanc.
On the upside we are fortunate in not losing any quantities. water has made it challenging, not only in the vineyard, but also in the cellar. Water preservation was highly important for us, and we have thus made changes in the cellar to save as much water as possible.
What makes Saxenburg’s Sauvignon Blanc different/stand out from others?
Saxenburg’s Sauvignon Blanc has the benefit of being on high potential Stellenbosch soil, as well as facing the ocean. The winds off the ocean carry with them cooler temperatures, which helps cool the vineyards, creating a slightly different climate to Stellenbosch.
With these two factors, we do not struggle to get unique flavours and body in the Saxenburg Sauvignon Blanc Private Collection. In order to preserve these flavours, we only harvest our Sauvignon Blanc on the cooler mornings at 5am to 9am, getting the grapes in as cool as possible.
When drinking it, what flavours should one look out for?
At the moment the Sauvignon’s are at the end of their fermentations, and are showing nice fruit notes such as: pear, granadilla, litchi, grapefruit and gooseberries.
Which dishes would you advise to have the Sauvignon Blanc with?
Saxenburg Sauvignon Blanc is a great wine to drink on its own, but it does also pair very well with a nice summer salad, ham wrapped asparagus or a simple grilled fish dish.