Gabriëlskloof Amphora Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Gabriëlskloof Amphora Sauvignon Blanc is part of their Reserve Range, only bottling outstanding vintages.
Golden straw colour. The open and expressive nose offers aromas of lychee, blackcurrant, white peach and pear. The textured palate is saline with a lively zesty lemon and lime core. Closes in lingering, fresh honey and lemon finish. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit comes from a special block in Elgin that sits at an altitude of 300 metres. Elgin has a reputation as the coolest wine region in South Africa. It provides perfect slow ripening conditions for an aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with excellent acidity.
All of the fruit went through whole bunch pressing and fermentation in clay amphorae. The wine ages for 10 months in the same amphorae, ranging between 500L and 860L sizes. What started out as a project, now turning into an official wine on their line up!
As a part of Garbielskloof’s Reserve Range, it’s guaranteed to be an outstanding vintage.
What is an Amphora?
An amphora is a two-handled ancient Greek storage jar or vase with a large oval body, narrow cylindrical neck and pointed bottom. The characteristic size and shape allows them to fit tightly against each other in storage rooms and packages. Vast numbers of amphorae, tied together with rope, could be used to store and deliver various products (mostly wine) by land or sea. Due to a collective desire for unique wines from unexpected places, the amphora wine style has gained popularity over the last decade or so.
The porous nature of clay in these vessels exposes the wine to some air, fostering an interesting and attractive set of flavours. These clay vessels uphold the purity of fruit and its curved nature encourages even ageing on the lees (the spent yeast cells and flavour-giving gunk at the bottom). As the wine world seeks to mimic ancient ways, it’s no wonder the amphora train is racing full speed into the future.
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