BLEND: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Total Acid: 6.3g/l
Residual Sugar: 2.4g/l
APPELLATION: Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.
SOIL: Glenrosa and Hutton
ASPECT: East-and South-facing hillside slopes, 220 – 380m above seal level
Cold Fact is the album from singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who became a cultural phenomenon in South Africa and was made internationally famous in the film ‘Searching for Sugar Man.’ It is also a play on the cold soak technique we use to extract flavour from the skins of our ripest Sauvignon Blanc grapes (we search for sugar man), which are then chilled and left for hours or even overnight on the skins, with the process helping to extract the intense flavours associated with this highly aromatic grape variety.
LOCATION & CLIMATE
The distinct ravine which embodies Stellenbosch Kloof harnesses all the qualities of a well-orientated compass. Varying elevations and aspects allows us to grow a selection of classic varieties to specific sites that optimise this expression through their location. The cooler south- and east-facing aspects, unique in Stellenbosch, hosts the more sensitive and aromatic white-skinned grape varieties.
Stellenbosch Kloof enjoys a cooler Mediterranean climate with maritime influences from False Bay, 14km to the south, and a refreshing breeze channelled from the West Coast’s Benguela current 24km to the north-west. These two breezes culminate at the top end of the ravine and bring in early morning mists, especially from False Bay. Consequently, temperatures in our meso-climate can be measured at least 3° Celsius cooler than inland Stellenbosch during ripening periods. This adds a unique characteristic to Jordan wines.
Our unoaked offering exudes aromatics of blackcurrant leaf & ripe Cape fig balanced by a complex fruit structure and sweet Provençale herbs on the finish.
Grapes were harvested at different ripeness levels to add fruit complexity to the wine, and vertical hedge trellising and innovative canopy management techniques were used to enhance the intense flavours. By retaining the outer leaf layer and removing leaves in the centre of the canopy to form a tunnel-like effect promoting good air-flow, grapes were unaffected by botrytis and higher pyrazine levels associated with much cooler vintages could be obtained.
The grapes were destemmed before receiving approximately 6 hours skin contact. After gentle pressing in a pneumatic “tank” press, the juice was cold settled for 2 days before being racked and inoculated with selected yeasts. All the vineyard blocks were kept separate and fermentation took place between 12-16°C.
2018- 4 stars John Platter 2019 Wine Guide
2017- 4 stars John Platter 2018 Wine Guide
2016- Silver Outstanding – IWSC (International Wine & Spirits Competition)
2015- Old Mutual Trophy Show – Silver
2014 – Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc in South Africa
2013- Top 20 at the FNB Top 10 South Africa Sauvignon Blanc