The colour is clear and bright. The nose is fresh and clean with expressive flavour characteristics of passion fruit, grapefruit, gooseberry and blackcurrant. These flavours follow through onto the palate which has a lovely creamy, yet elegant, texture – the result of extended lees contact and the portion of Semillon.
The De Rust Estate has been owned by the Cluver family since 1896 – they bought it to provide summer grazing for their livestock! Today the property remains family owned and run and the wine business forms part of a larger holistic farming business, with apple and pear orchards and a Hereford stud. The estate also forms part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kogelberg Biosphere, which has over 1600 different plant species, making it one of the world’s richest sites for plant.. read more
Cluver’s aim for their Sauvignon Blanc is elegance, balance and expression of terroir. Vintage conditions and the quality of the grapes dictate decisions made in the cellar – there are no fixed rules or recipes that are followed. Dry ice is used abundantly. Skin contact prior to fermentation is done to extract flavour and reduce acidity and pressing is always gentle. Only free run juice is fermented. Different yeast strains were tried out this year and the lees stirring regime increased adding richness to the mid-palate. Total time on fine lees was fivemonths. The Semillon component was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks, 3nd and 4th fill French oak barrels and a 2600L Oak vat.