Life from Stone derives its name from the incredibly rocky soils in which it is grown. Every year the vineyard battles against nature in order to produce highly concentrated, powerful wines with a flinty, mineral character true to the quartz rock in which it is grown. Monumental human effort was required to plant the vines – implements destroyed, and, in the case of the older vineyards, dynamite deployed.
A true expression of the site’s terroir, this wine will drink well now, or can be enjoyed in the next 2-3 years
Vintage 2020 Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 17 – 23 year-old vines, clone SB11E on R110 Yield 6 t/ha Origin Robertson, South Africa Oenology Harvested at night in February 2020 with dry ice protection 21 days alcoholic fermentation 100 days on primary lees All racking done under CO2 Stabilised at -3ºC for 2-3 weeks 80g/hl Bentonite fining. Filtration Not sterile, only 2.5 micron filtration prior to bottling on the estate Analysis alcohol: 12.5 % | acidity: 7.51g/l | pH: 3.38 | FSO2 40mg/l at bottling Sugar: 1.97g/l Terroir
Slope: Very gentle southerly, 6060 vines/ha row direction angled into the sunset Soil: Extremely rocky – 70% quartz, 30% solubles Climate: moderate summer with low night temperatures, cold winter Wind: South Easterly (summer)
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