Asara releases 2013 Vineyard Collection Sauvignon Blanc

Friday, 22 November, 2013
Asara Wine Estate and Hotel
Summer is here, and here is an opportunity to taste it. Multi-award winning winery, Asara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch released its 2013 Sauvignon Blanc this week. The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc forms part of the estate's Vineyard Collection - this collection stays true to the vineyard of origin by means of minimal cellar handling. Crisp, fresh and tropical, this wine offers wine enthusiasts a true taste of summer.
"The vineyard that supplied the grapes for this wine is the oldest on the farm (20 years old), and with its age it developed, what I call 'vineyard genetic memory' - developing a genetic memory of the climate and adapting to it, resulting in high quality fruits with a lot of potential. This is our first single vineyard release, I have always wanted to bottle this block on its own, but the time, up until now, was never right. After walking through the Sauvignon Blanc block this year (Jan 2013), tasting the fruit from this vine, I was blown away with its flavour profile and was immediately confident that the wine from these grapes are sure to please most devoted wine enthusiasts," says winemaker Francois Joubert. 

The grapes for this wine were chosen from vineyards located in the Polkadraai Hills - whose primary terroir influence is granite based soils and undulating hills. The grapes were harvested in the cool early morning and transported in small lugs to ensure a quick and orderly transfer to the cellar and to maintain its best possible condition. After cooling overnight, the grapes were moved to the press where they were sorted and gently whole-bunch pressed. Only the free-running juice was used. The wine was racked after two days of cold settling and thereafter the clear juice was transferred into stainless steel tanks for high pressure fermentation, in order to retain the flavour in the grapes. The wine was left on the lees for a total of 3 months, which rounded off the flavour profile with nuttiness and cream characters. 

This wine perfectly displays the terrain of Asara's Sauvignon vineyards. Bursting with aromas of zesty bell pepper, asparagus and green apple, this lively Sauvignon Blanc also shows layers of ripe tropical fruits. On the palate, notes of young gooseberries and kiwi-fruit flavors. 

The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is best enjoyed this summer. Its fine fruit flavour is balanced by natural acidity, resulting in a crisp white wine that complements fresh summer salads and seafood.

The 2013 Vineyard Collection Sauvignon Blanc also took double gold at the recent Vitis Vinifera Awards 2013.

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