2018 Signature Griva Sauvignon Blanc
Beginning with the 2014 vintage Bernardus has chosen to bottle only Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Griva Vineyard. Planted uniquely with the celebrated “Musqué” clone especially for Bernardus, it has long been the backbone of our Sauvignon Blanc program. Also, in 2014 we debuted a small bottling of Signature Griva which represents a special selection of the best, most expressive lots from the vintage. We often add a dash of Semillon, also grown for us by Michael Griva, which gives a note of richness and complexity to this superb wine.
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. Our “Signature” bottling represents a small batch drawn from the best lots of the vintage.
Tasting notes: Our 2018 Signature Griva bottling has classic aromas of white fruits, accented by fresh grassy nuances. The beautifully rich palate exhibits bright exotic fruit flavors with notes of tropical fruits, lime and grapefruit zest. The 2018 version is exceptionally rich, yet perfectly balanced with a gently crisp, refreshing acidity.
Fermentation: We ferment our Monterey Sauvignon Blanc at cool temperature in stainless steel tanks. It is then aged for several months in large, neutral 29-year-old French oak tanks to encourage integration of flavors. We use 3 specially selected yeasts, each one adding a unique flavor profile which enhances the complexity of the final blend.
Griva Sauvignon Blanc: September 11th through October 9th, 2018.
Griva Semillon: November 6th.
Bottling date: March 15th, 2019.
Bottled: 316 cases (750 mls.)