2022 Les Dames De 1987

Franschhoek Valley,South Africa,

£37.49

Bottle size: 75cl,
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Description

CELLAR INFORMATION After whole bunch pressing and minimal settling the wine was fermented in stainless steel before racking to a 4000 litre foudre for maturation. Ripe but incredibly sophisticated, there is also great precision and textural delicacy in evidence. Nine months maturation on its fine lees in a 4000L foudre provided the wine with a classical French Bordeaux meets Loire Valley character and the wine is undoubtedly made in a style that will reward further ageing in the cellar. VINEYARD INFORMATION Harvested from 35 year old vines, this Sauvignon Blanc expresses the tropical, ripe fruit spectrum of the variety showcasing pineapple and nectarine aromas.

Additional information

Wine Type

White

Country

South Africa

Region

Franschhoek Valley

Vintage

2022

Brand

Terre Paisible

Cultivar

Sauvignon Blanc

Bottle Size

75cl

Pack Size

1x75cl

Pack Type

Loose Bottles

Alcohol Percentage

13.00

Duty Status

In Bond

Availability

Immediate

Rating Agencies

Greg Sherwood

Reviews

Greg Sherwood 95

A superb expression of Sauvignon harvested from 35-year-old vines that spent 9 months on its lees in a 4000 litre foudre yielding a classy old world style expression with complex aromatics of leesy white citrus, yellow grapefruit, pineapple, quince and a deliciously fresh, savoury undertone. The palate texture is creamy and silky soft with a supple tangy acidity that highlights the tangerine peel and green apple pastille intensity. Such harmony and balance with vibrant energetic crystalline freshness and purity that draws you back again and again for another sip. This is more Pouilly Fume meets white Bordeaux than barrel aged Kiwi-style Sauvignon Blanc, where minerality and acidity lead and the textural precision and intensity of the old vine fruit dominates the long, persistent finish. This is grown up, top shelf Sauvignon Blanc like only a masterful winemaker like Adam Mason can deliver! Simply one of the most impressive and sophisticated Sauvignon Blancs I have tasted from South Africa in a very long time. Drink on release or cellar for extra complexity for another 5 to 8+ years. (Wine Safari Score: 95/100 Greg Sherwood MW) [01/01/2023]

JancisRobinson.com 85

[01/01/2023]