The Goose Sauvignon Blanc
PRODUCER: The Goose Wine Estate is based in the unique Upper-Langkloof valley, nestled just behind the Outeniqua Mountains on the picturesque Garden Route of South Africa. The name on the Farm’s Title Deed is “Ganzekraal”, which means “Goose Closure” or “Goose Enclave. The valley is known for its dry and cold climate, with an average rainfall of between 250mm and 300mm. Strong and cool summer winds rush in on-shore and rise over the 5000ft mountain range cooling the valley even more. These winds bring in cold and moist air which cools the valley during summer to temperatures between 20 to 23 degrees Celsius, while the nearby Karoo bakes away at 40 degrees Celsius. A weather station was installed on the farm in 1993 and it was found that the annual temperature for the valley is a mere 17 degrees Celsius, which is very cold for South Africa, but ideal for growing grapes of great elegance and structure. The soils are from Table Mountain Sandstone and shale combination.
WINEMAKING: After hand harvesting the grapes are transported to cool-rooms, where the temperature is maintained at 4 Degrees Celsius for 12 hours to keep the grapes cool. Upon arrival at the cellar the cold grapes are sorted before being crushed and pumped into open cement troughs. There the juice is allowed to ferment on the skins for 8 to 14 days. This particular Sauvignon is kept on lees for a number of months in stainless steel tanks.
TASTING NOTES: The Goose Sauvignon Blanc is an exciting and unique tasting
experience with tropical fruit flavours of guava on the nose. The wine lingers beautifully on the palate, with a complexity that showcases a typical cool-climate mineraliy with balanced acidity.