Sauvignon Blanc-2016 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 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.
2016 was another warm, dry season which provided us with healthy, perfectly ripe grapes.
We ferment our Monterey Sauvignon Blanc at low temperature in stainless steel tanks. It is then aged for several months in large, neutral, 25 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%
August 31st through September 26th, 2016.
March 28th through April 10th, 2017.
8638 cases (750 mls.)