Napier Winery: 'Klein Louis' Sauvignon Blanc 2022
‘Klein Louis’ Sauvignon Blanc follows its rosé sibling ‘Petite Marie’ as an excellent value wine from Napier Vineyards. Made exclusively from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, it’s sourced from the cool-climate vineyards of Darling, on the Cape Atlantic coast. Brimming with tangy green apple, nettle and grassy gooseberry aromas and flavours accentuated by zingy grapefruit acidity.
The climate in Darling – some 40 miles north of Cape Town on the Atlantic coast – is a little cooler than around the homestead of Napier Vineyards in Wellington (an hour inland). The fruit for the ‘Klein Louis’ Sauvignon Blanc comes from vineyards cooled by sea breezes and morning fogs that originate with the Benguela Current which runs north up the western coast of Africa. Warm days and chilly nights help retain freshness in the fruit.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||South Africa|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Sauvignon Blanc|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Salads, Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink 1 to 2 years after vintage on its youthful fruit.|
|Vinification||Fermented at cool temperatures to preserve aromatics and fresh fruit flavours.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12.5|
Located at the foot of the Bains Kloof Pass below the towering Hawequa mountains in the Wellington region of the Western Cape, 'Napier Vineyards' are named after Sir George Napier, who was the governor of the Cape from 1837-1843.
Around 90 ha of vineyards across 3 farms at Napier, Ranzadale and Bassano near Wellington are planted with Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Colombard, Malbec, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz. Soils vary from the red fertile 'Tukulu', 'Vilafontes' (one of the oldest soils in the world), plus weathered 'Malmesbury slate' and are mostly north-facing, aiding ripening.
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