Every now and then you come across a vineyard that sparks inspiration to do something completely different. This is exactly what happened during the particular vineyard mission during which I came across the Sondagskloof Ward, close to Stanford. I decided to make the Sauvignon blanc exactly the same way I make my Syrah. 🙂 This means warm skin fermentation with daily punch downs, followed by barrel maturation in parts new French 500L for 16 months.
Why? I have been making Sauvignon blanc in a similar fashion for the last 20 years, so I decided to flip the process on its head… And sometimes luck is on your side.
With the Syrah – well, I stuck to making Syrah and didn’t try any fancy footwork here.
Sondagkloof White 2018
50% of grapes were fermented on skins in an open top fermented with daily punch downs until dry after which it was basket pressed and racked to new 500L French oak. The other 50% was whole bunched pressed and fermented in older French oak. Both parcels were blended together after 6 months in oak and racked back to barrel for a further 10 months of maturation. Thereafter bottling took place in July 2019.
Tim Atkin MW: ‘A new wine from a new region for the talented Trizanne Barnard, this is a wonderful Sauvignon Blanc, right up there with the most complex examples of the variety in South Africa. Combining skin and barrel-fermented components, with wild yeasts adding another dimension, this has notes of hay, aromatic spices, grapefruit, fresh toast and impressive palate length. 2020-24’- 95 points.
Sauvignon Blanc 100%, 13.0% abv, Natural Cork Closure, W.O Sondagskloof
Sondagkloof Syrah 2018
Grapes were destemmed, naturally fermented in open fermenters, 2-3 punch downs a day, post macerated on the skins for approx 8 days and pressed into barrel. MLF in barrel and barrel matured for 16 months. No other additives besides sulphur. Bottled in July 2019.
Beautifully expressive in the glass with aromas of blackberry, currant, garrigue and white pepper. Palate is medium-bodied and intense, with fine-grained tannins and a lovely acid line.
Syrah 100%, 13.5% abv, Natural Cork Closure, W.O Sondagskloof
The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes are sourced from Elim, where prevailing winds provide a cool ripening season. The Syrah and Grenache are sourced from the Swartland. All grapes are carefully nurtured and selected, to ensure that only the best makes it to bottle. All TSW wines tend to show an underlying elegance and gracefulness.
TSW Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Harvest started in the second week of February & continued for 2 weeks. The different Sauvignon Blanc parcels were fermented separately after which they were left on the lees for a few months before meticulous blending took place.
‘Vibrant and fresh nose of crushed rocks, ripe pear and yellow gooseberry. Quite energetic on the palate which builds and has more profundity than one may first realise. Walks the tightrope between bracing Elim freshness and ripe fruit brilliantly. Finishes on a dry, clean and very classy note.’
100% Sauvignon Blanc. 13% abv. Screwcap. Elim WO
TSW Syrah 2017
‘Beautifully ripe and fresh black and red fruits on the nose accompanied by some aromatic spice – black pepper and cardamom – with some dust and warm earth undertones. On the palate, the fruit is persistent and abundant. Lovely concentration without being overly “heavy”. The fine-grained tannin keeps building in the mouth and with the balanced acid provides a classy framework for the pure red fruit to express itself. A beautiful wine.’
100% Syrah. 13.5% abv. Screwcap. Swartland WO.
Darling Barbera: This is not your average wine, no fence sitting here, either you like it or you don’t. I’ve created this wine out of curiosity what the vineyard could deliver. A block of Barbera in the Darling area, bush vines planted on sandy loam, why not? I’m getting closer to understanding this specific block, but the journey will continue creating this wine.
Elim Semillon: Since harvesting my first grapes from this specific Semillon block in Elim back in 2009, I’ve never seen such perfectly healthy grapes in the nine years like we did in 2017. Due to the healthy state of the vineyard I could give the block an extra two weeks of hang time, which is quite significant in the Elim area, considering it’s a cool climate with its fair share of cool climate hiccups come harvest time. I decided to produce a straight Semillon with very little interference.
Darling Barbera 2017
Harvest started the 4th week of January 2017 from dryland 12 year old bush vines planted on sandy loam. The Barbera was destemmed and fermented naturally for 2 weeks. It matured in 500L old French oak barrels for 11 months on the fine lees. No fining and only light filtration.
‘Dark ruby with bright rim in the glass. Highly aromatic with blue + red fruits and a charming herbal edge. The palate is full of bright red fruits and crunchy acid (so typical of Barbera). Lovely medium-bodied (12.5% alc) wine that refreshes the palate with a grip of fruit tannin on the finish.’
100% Barbera, 12.5% abv, Cork Closure, WO. Darling
Elim Semillon 2017
Grapes were harvest during the 1st week of March 2017. The parcel was whole bunched pressed and naturally fermented in old French oak 500l & 300l barrels. Extended lees contact and a total of 16 months in oak. Bottling took place in July 2018.
Green and gold in the glass, with good luminosity. The nose has elements of green melon, sweet herbs, blackcurrant, hay and river rocks.Complex, intense and inviting. The palate is balanced, intense and long with a lovely vinosity to the fruit. It follows on beautifully from the nose with generosity and elegance being hall marks. The acid is wonderfully integrated creating a lovely tension on the mid and back palate.
100% Semillon 13.0% abv, Natural Cork Closure, W.O Elim
Trizanne Signature Wines has released a pair of wines under the Reserve label for the first time since the 2009 maiden vintage.
This pair, a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend and a Syrah, both from Elim near Cape Agulhas, exhibit Trizanne’s skill at expressing purity, balance and elegance in her wines without compromising on complexity, intensity or gravitas.
Meticulous vineyard selection culminated in the creation of two world class wines. They are amongst the most elegant of Elim wines, and effortlessly reflect the quality and style that Elim is capable of.
Reserve Semillon | Sauvignon Blanc 2017
‘Rich aromatics of lime, fresh pear, winter melon, hazelnuts and a touch of herbs. This intensity is continued on the palate with integrated flavours of fruit, spice and minerality; it is luxurious yet finely detailed. The elegance of the savoury finish is noticeable as the flavours very slowly fade. A delicious, elegant wine that leaves the drinker refreshed.’
52% Semillon, 48% Sauvignon Blanc, 13.0% abv, Natural Cork Closure, W.O Elim
Reserve Syrah 2017
‘Wild strawberries, cranberries, hints of pomegranate and crushed rose petals all neatly integrated with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, a lovely saline/spicy thread throughout this Syrah that lends energy and tension towards the precise and detailed finish. This is a superb, sophisticated and nuanced Syrah that should age with style.‘
100% Syrah, 13.0% abv, Natural Cork Closure, W.O Elim