2017 - This white Bordeaux blend has been named “The Century” in honour of Mr. Douglas Moodie of Eikenhof, who attained 100 years of age in September 2011. Mr. Moodie was one of the primary founders of the fruit industry within the Elgin Valley and it is his far-reaching vision which we wish to salute with this wine.
This is a cool area, situated 12-20 km from the sea, with mean February (ripening stage) temperatures of 19-20oC. Soils are predominantly ferruginous (iron rich) gravel on highly weathered, soft Bokkeveld Group shale, situated at 200-300 m altitude and surrounded by Table Mountain sandstone mountains at heights of about 500-1 000m, sheltering the area from the often extremely strong south-easterly winds in summer.
The high, strong growing canopies of our Sauvignon blanc vineyards ensures that the grapes easily reach optimal ripeness bursting with flavor precursors whilst having a good high acidity. The Semillon carefully selected from stoney soils which shows restrained vigour.
The grapes arrived cool, were destemmed and taken straight to the inert press. After racking, the juice was inoculated with Alchemy II in the case of the Sauvignon Blanc and VIN13 for the Semillon and cold fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The wines enjoyed extended lees contact in order to enhance the mouthfeel. Post blending the wine received a light bentonite fining, the wine was racked under a carbon dioxide blanket to the final pre-bottling tank. Bottling took place on 8th September 2017. Minimal interference, minimal sulfurs (<90ppm), this wine is a perfect example of reductive winemaking. The final blend comprises 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon
Alcohol – 14.23% (14.0% on label)
Total acid – 5.7 g/ℓ
Residual sugar – 1.7 g/ℓ
pH – 3.44 g/l
The wine leads with inviting aromas of pear drops, mango, fennel and ripe figs with a subtle touch of waxy lanolin imparted by the inclusion of Semillon. “Wow factor” entry onto the palate where luxurious sun-ripened golden delicious apples and quince inter-twine with an oyster shell mineral core, a generous creaminess and harmonious acidity. A satisfying wine, displaying textured layers of fruit which linger indulgently. Whilst this wine drinks extremely well now it is expected to develop even greater complexity with further maturation.
Consol BN147, Antique Green, cork closure
Barcode 6009 8144 3024-3 (per single bottle)
Barcode 6009 8144 3025-0 (per 6 x 750ml bottles)
3456 lit / 767 cases (6 x 750ml) produced in total.