Jordan The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Jordan The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2018

BLEND: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

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.


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’.


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.


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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