2017 Griva Sauvignon Blanc
Beginning in 2014 Bernardus has chosen to bottle only grapes from the Griva Sauvignon Blanc vineyard. Michael Griva has planted a special block of the celebrated “Musqué” clone of SB uniquely for Bernardus. It is widely recognized as the most expressive clone of Sauvignon Blanc. With its perfect combination of sandy, well-drained soils and a warm, breezy climate, Michael’s vineyard has proven to be the ideal place to grow Sauvignon Blanc. We also incorporate a small amount of Griva Semillon which provides an extra note of richness and complexity.
All our grapes are hand-picked during many successive pickings at various ripeness levels in order to have a broad palette of flavors and acidity levels from which to create our final blend.
Following a wet spring, the growing season was dry and moderate in temperature until the beginning of September. We then had a very warm period which produced a riper style of Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this year’s bottling.
Tasting notes: Our 2017 Griva Sauvignon Blanc exhibits beautiful aromas of tropical fruits with gooseberry and subtle hints of grass. The flavors are remarkably rich in texture with a very fruit-forward expression. This is one of our most appealing Griva Sauvignon Blancs yet!
Fermentation: We ferment our Monterey Sauvignon Blanc at low temperature in stainless steel tanks. It is then aged for several months in large, neutral, 28-year-old French oak tanks to encourage integration of flavors. We use 3 specially selected yeasts, each one adding its particular nuance and style which enhances the complexity of the final blend.
Griva Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc : 95%
Griva Vineyard Semillon : 5%
Griva Sauvignon Blanc: August 31st through September 16th, 2017.
Griva Semillon: October 24th, 2017.
April 10th through 17th, 2018.
7,377 cases (750 mls.)