Vintage: 2021

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2021GA501B216 x 75ScrewcapAvailable
Vegetarian
Vegan
Producer

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. We felt compelled to add Gabriëlskloof to our list when 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.

The fruit for the Sauvignon Blanc comes from seven different low-yielding (5.5 tonnes per hectare) vineyards planted on tough rocky sandstone and shale soils. The grapes are fermented and aged in stainless steel to retain primary fruit aromas. It is elegant in style with fresh acidity and aromas ranging from pear to lemongrass. ‘Magdalena’, a barrel-fermented Semillon, is made with minimal intervention and aged in 400 and 500 litre old French barrels. The nose is intense, boasting aromas of lime flower and almonds. A small proportion of Sauvignon Blanc in the blend lends a juicy and sour zestiness on the palate. Made from old vine Chenin Blanc, the ‘Elodie’ Chenin Blanc is fermented in old French oak barrels, which adds complexity to the wine. The nose offers subtle peach and apricot aromas, coupled with layers of almond and white flowers. The palate is opulent with great natural acidity and freshness, typical of old vine Chenin. ‘Rosebud’, as the name suggests, is like an unopened rose: pale pink, elegant and floral. It is dry in style with crisp acidity and a round finish.

Superb value for money, ‘The Blend’ is made up of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec and 6% Petit Verdot and offers juicy black fruit, bright acidity and soft, ripe tannins. The fruit for the Cabernet Franc comes from a 17-year-old single vineyard. It is 90% destemmed and 10% whole cluster, fermented in 500 litre barrels and aged for 18 months, using 30% new French oak. On the nose, it offers notes of tobacco leaf, bell pepper and dark plums. The palate is refined with a beautiful concentration of fruit and a lifted finish. Vines for the ‘Syrah on Sandstone’ are planted on a mountainous site made up of broken sandstone rock. This tough environment leads to low vigour and very small yields. The wine is savoury, with black olive, white pepper, violets and an effortless cool-climate elegance.

Vineyards

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.

Vintage

The 2021 vintage was long and particularly cool, lasting 10 days longer than the previous vintage. The grapes underwent a well-paced, slow and steady ripening, which resulted in fruit with good levels of concentration, crisp aromatics and lively acidity.

Vinification

The grapes were vinified by plot. Once at the winery, they were mainly destemmed and crushed, with 15% pressed in whole bunches. Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks using indigenous yeast. The wine was aged on the lees for eight months for a rounded mouthfeel and then blended in early November. Bottling took place in early December.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

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.

Alcohol (ABV)

13.5%

Acidity

5.7 g/l

Residual Sugar

2.2 g/l

pH

3.35

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