Zesty and fresh, followed by a fusion of fig and passion fruit aromas. The introduction is crisp, clean and concentrated. The Carmen Stevens Sauvignon Blanc displays a tremendous balance between fruit expression, a depth in character and a zesty acidity that offers a sense of fullness on the palate. A beautiful example of a Sauvignon Blanc from one of the cooler climate regions in South Africa.
The fruit is hand-sorted and destemmed, using dry ice as a method of preserving the purity expected from the fruit.
High natural acidity and very cold temperatures result in a successful juice settlement overnight. Clean juice is separated the next day and a greater percentage is fermented by means of a pure yeast culture. The balance is then barrel fermented and stirred on a regular basis after fermentation. Blending of these batches proceeds in April and the final product is bottled in July.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTION
The Sauvignon Blanc pairs beautifully with sushi, especially with salmon, and various other seafood dishes.
The Sauvignon Blanc is ideal at present. However, with its zesty acidity and depth of palate, it may way exhibit the aging potential of up to 4-5 years.