Loire-styled nose, with flint, white grapefruit, cut grass and a hint of stone fruit. A nervy wine, with plenty of refreshing acidity. The palate is riper than the nose would belie, with more stone fruit (apricots and peaches) along with grapefruit, smoke and minerality. There is a little more weight in this wine than Loire Sauv Blancs, but as much residual sweetness as most offerings from New Zealand. Chill lightly and serve with grilled asparagus, seared scallops or as an aperitif.
Grown around the globe, Sauvignon Blanc is an enjoyable, refreshing dry white wine. Its characteristics vary greatly based on the climate in which it is produced. South Africa Sauvignon Blanc typically combines herbaceous and rich fruit notes. Up to 10% of the country’s total plantings are of this balanced and approachable grape.
The Robertson Valley wine region is locally known as the Valley of Wine and Roses. Famous for both red and white wines, the valley benefits from the cooling effects of the Beede River running through it. The large diurnal shift, which allows the grapes to cool at night, results in wines with crisp acidity and bold flavours.
Life from Stone derives its name from the incredibly rocky soils in which it is grown. Every year the vineyard battles against nature in order to produce highly concentrated, powerful wines with a flinty, mineral character true to the quartz rock in which it is grown.
Fruit is hand-harvested and hand-sorted and then pressed into stainless steel. A long, cool fermentation under temperature control follows, with at least 100 days on the fine lees for added mouth-feel and complexity. Bottled after a light fining with bentonite.