Jordan The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Jordan The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2018

BLEND: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

ANALYSIS
Alc: 13.5%
Total Acid: 5.7g/l
pH: 3.26
Residual Sugar: 2.1g/l

APPELLATION: Wine of Origin Stellenbosch.

SOIL: Glenrosa and Hutton

ASPECT: South-facing, 220 – 365m above sea level.

AGE OF VINES: 33 years old.

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An “Outlier” is a scientific term to describe things or phenomena that lie outside the normal experience or an observation that is numerically distinct from the rest of the data.

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.

 

Tasting note

Barrel-fermented dimension adds additional depth and complexity whilst retaining the linear qualities associated with grapes planted on south-east facing aspects. A dense portrayal of sun-kissed tropical fruits, a true ‘outlier’.

Harvesting

Harvested between the 22nd – 27th of February 2018 at approximately 22°B.

Winemaking & Maturation

The grapes received 6 – 10 hours skin contact before being gently pressed in a “pneumatic” tank press. After inoculation the juice was fermented 10% new French oak barrels and the rest in second, third and forth-fill barrels (mostly Nevers and Alliers with a 10% American oak barrel selection). The wine spent 8 months “sur lie” with occasional “batonage” to accentuate the leesy character. 50% tank-fermented sauvignon blanc was added to the blend.

Accolades

2018- 92 points Tim Atkin
2018- 5 star nomination in the 2020 John Platter Wine Guide
2017- 5 star nomination in the 2019 John Platter Wine Guide
2016- 93 points Tim Atkin
2015- Top 100 SA Wines – Double Gold
2012- Silver at Decanter Wine Awards
2012- Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc Old Mutual Trophy Show

Spec Sheets & Vintages

2018 – current vintage

Previous vintages:

2017    |   2016    |   2015    |   2014    |   2013   |    2012   |   2011

2010   |  2009   |   2008   |   2007    |   2006   |   2005   |   2004

2003   |   2002   |   2001   |   2000   |   1999   |    1998   |   1997 

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