Barony Cecile Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is here!

Barony Cecile Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is here!


“The Lady in White” is making her return as a new vintage, and she is more delightful than ever! Barony Cecile is the perfect white to enjoy during the last bit of summer.

This Sauvignon Blanc has a golden pale appearance. The nose is quite perfumed and shows distinctive cut grass and white asparagus aromas while the palate is layered with passion fruit, lime and pineapple. The aftertaste has a mineral edge that concludes in a citrusy finish.  It is rich and concentrated, a definitive food wine with a vibrant acidity.

The grapes are grown in the Darling region of the Western Cape.  Soil types vary from decomposed granite to Oakleaf.  These soils have a low clay content and good drainage.  The area is in close proximity to the ocean - about 8 km.  In the mornings, cool ocean mist from the west coast cover the hills.  This results in a ‘cool climate effect’ that protects the grapes from the onslaught of midday heat which is vital for top quality white wine production.

The grapes were handpicked, destemmed in the cellar and lightly crushed before receiving approximately 4 hours of skin contact.  This is done to extract flavours from the skins.  After gentle pressing, using an inflatable bag-press the juice was settled for 2 days by cooling it down to below 5°C.  The clear juice was then removed from the sediment and inoculated with selected yeasts.  Fermentation commenced in stainless steel tanks at temperatures ranging between 14-16°C.  The wine was stored on its fine lees for another 10 months before final fining, filtration and bottling.  Although the extended lees contact does not affect the flavour profile so much it does preserve the freshness of the wine and gives it longevity.

This Sauvignon Blanc should be served well chilled with something to nibble on.Try with toasted goats’ cheese salad, a garlicky mussel pot or serve with a selection of sushi.

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