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This heritage Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is located high on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains, cooled by maritime breeze. Natural fermentation yields delicate green apple and gooseberry aromas.

  • South Africa    Simonsberg    Simonsberg-Paarl
  • 100%
    Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol
  • Certified sustainable
  • Harvest time
      Early February
  • Natural wine
  • Oak
      No oak contact
  • Organic in conversion
  • Production
      725 cases
  • Residual sugar
  • Soil
  • Vegan
  • Vineyard aspect
  • Vineyard elevation
  • Vineyard planted
  • Vineyard size
      4 hectares
  • Award
      96 points, South African Wine Index

<h3>In the vines</h3> <p>In order to retain Sauvignon Blanc’s fresh character Noble Hill doesn't tie or clip the vines’ shoots during the growing season. The result is an expansive, shady canopy that provides an optimal ripening environment without excessive sun exposure.</p> <p>Harvest starts before dawn in the cool morning hours. The bunches are brought to the cellar in shallow lug boxes designed to keep the grapes intact on the ride down.</p> <p>Because of the Sauvignon Blanc vines’ age, they are naturally very low yielding, normally between 4-6 tons per hectare. The low yield allows the vines’ root systems to extract nutrients and flavours from deep in the soil and provides structure and character to the wines.</p> <h3>The wine </h3><p>A light extraction before pressing, the juice is left on the skins for 2 hours before pressing to tank. After fermentation in tank, this Sauvignon Blanc gains body and weight through three months of lees contact. In 2021 this wine has a delicate aroma eliciting gooseberry, green apple, and shiso leaf. The wine tastes cool and juicy with a crisp natural acidity. The finish is elegant and balanced: perfect for seafood, delicate flavours, or as an apéritif!</p> <p>Some natural turbidity may persist, and some sedimentation may occur in bottle.</p>