Dolbel Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Pale straw in colour, this wine is a markedly complex variation from the typical Sauvignon Blancs. Rich and interesting on the nose and palate with complex flavours arising from the fermentation in oak barrels and prolonged contact with yeast leest. The complexity of flavour makes it both powerful and concentrated on the palate, leading to an extended finish and a rich crispness.
This fresh and lively Graves-style of Sauvignon Blanc is superb with food.
2008 was an excellent growing season with settled weather over flowering to ensure an even fruit set. Warm and dry conditions through the remainder of the growing season resulted n another outstanding harvest with very clean, high quality fruit.
The Sauvignon Blanc was managed throughout the season to give an open canopy, allowing optimal sunlight exposure onto the fruit. The harvest decision for this fruit was based almost entirely on flavour. Before picking we waited until the grapes lost the typical grassy Sauvignon Blanc characters and developed riper, tropical fruit spectra. 2008 was our third vintage from these fines. A small level of crop thinning was performed to ensure we achieved the level of fruit concentration required for this wine. As with all Dolbel Estate fruit, the grapes were hand picked to ensure only the best quality made it to the press..
In the winery, the grapes were gently pressed and the resulting juice split into two parts. One was fermented with the native vineyard yeasts while the other was inoculated with yeast known to highlight tropical fruit characters. Our aim is to enhance both the complex aroma and flavour profile to the wine. As with 2006 and 2007 , the juice was fermented in older French barriques.
Tasting Note (PDF)