Gabriëlskloof Bot River Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Region: Walker Bay, Bot River, Cape South Coast, South Africa
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
This is a classic Sauvignon Blanc with bright aromas of lime zest, passion fruit and flint on the nose. The palate is light bodied and well balanced with refreshing acidity and citrus notes on the finish.
The Gabriëlskloof estate is situated in the Bot River ward, where prevailing southerly winds from the nearby Atlantic Ocean create a cool mesoclimate perfectly suited to Sauvignon Blanc vines. The grapes for this wine are sourced from seven vineyards across the estate on tough and rocky sandstone and shale soils, at altitudes of around 150 metres above sea level. Half of the vineyards face south-west with the other half facing east, resulting in excellent freshness. The vineyards are naturally low yielding, producing on average six tonnes per hectare.
Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. It was purchased in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns, who had been on the lookout for the ideal place to plant vines. The talented Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum, Bernhard’s son in law, took over as winemaker from the 2015 vintage. Peter-Allan is now Cellar Master and oversees general management of the property, while the young and no less talented Nina Muller was promoted to winemaker. The farm has 178 hectares, with 68 hectares planted with vines. The climate is cool with maritime influences coming from Walker Bay. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the support of fulltime vineyard consultant Rosa Kruger. Their aim is to move to organic farming in the future.