Sauvignon Blanc- 2014 Griva
2014 Griva Sauvignon Blanc
For 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 texture.
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.
Tasting notes: Our 2014 Griva SB exhibits notes of ripe tropical fruits, grapefruit and melon. On the palate, the flavors are full and rich, showing complex essences of lime, grapefruit and gooseberry. A bit softer than our Signature bottling, it nonetheless exhibits a crisp, refreshing acidity.
Fermentation: We ferment our Monterey Sauvignon Blanc at low temperature in stainless steel tanks. It is then aged for several months in large, neutral, 24 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.
Harvested: August 27th through September 12th, 2014.
Bottled : 9808 cases (750 mls.)