Franschhoek Cellars - Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc
The Statue de Femme is a graceful monument built in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the French Huguenots in the Cape and stands surrounded by a beautiful rose garden. It displays simplicity and elegance with unmistakable reflections of historic French influences, just like this Sauvignon Blanc.
What is unique about Franschhoek is the high but good acidity, according to winemaker Ryan Puttick. Expressive tropical aromas tinged with capsicum open up to attractive Cape gooseberry, grapefruit and pineapple fruit flavours balanced by a lively but gentle coated acidity that follows through to a beautifully fresh finish of pleasing length. A hint of Semillon adds breadth and fills the mid-palate.
The grapes were sourced from specially selected cool pockets of vineyards with extended sunlight for long, slow ripening in Franschhoek, as well as Darling, Durbanville and Stellenbosch. The vineyards were planted on very particular soil types to allow for optimum vine growth balance and quality.
Made in a reductive style excluding exposure to oxygen at all stages to diminish any loss of inherent grape aromas and flavours, with gentle prolonged cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks to ensure expressive fruit aromas. Four months lees contact encouraged richness and complexity on the palate.
A delicious accompaniment to prawns on the braai, teriyaki salmon, creamy mussels or chicken wraps.