Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Technical Analysis
Winemaker
: Warren Ellis
Main Variety : Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol : 13.0 %vol
pH : 3.3
RS : 1.8 g/l
Total Acid : 6.8 g/l
Appellation : Coastal Region
Characteristics
Type : White
Style : Dry


Tasting Notes
This wine is pale to a medium straw with vibrant green hues. It shows ripe fruit, apple and ripe lemon the nose and palate with good intensity yet refined flavours.
Blend Information
100% Sauvignon Blanc
In The Vineyard
The vintage of 2010 is considered one of superlative quality. A cold and wet winter was followed by dry, warm days with cool nights during the summer.

The dominant source of fruit for the 2010 Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc was a single vineyard site originating in the Jonkershoek Valley supported by an exquisite parcel of Sauvigon blanc grapes from the Groenekloof ward. This being a deliberate strategy to enhance complexity and structure.
About The Harvest
Harvest commenced on 12 February 2010. Grapes were harvested at 23.2°B with a total acid of 8.6 g/l and a pH of 3.13.
In The Cellar
Although juice handling remained similar to previous vintages namely cold settling for up to 3 days, this vintage introduces 30% spontaneous fermentation in 500l French oak barrels. The balance (70%) saw fermentation initiated in tank and racked to 228 litre used barrels. Both components were left on the lees for 8 months prior to bottling. Bottled in November 2010.

Other Vintages
Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Warren Ellis Sauvignon Blanc
Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Neil Ellis with Warren Ellis and Reginald Holde Sauvignon Blanc

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