Members of the Durbanville Wine Valley, well known for producing outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, have teamed up to once again produce The Durbanville Twelve Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is a first for South Africa: a single wine from a single wine area.
Produced by the 12 farms making up this unique wine route, the grapes are sourced from a variety of soil types and slopes. The valley is situated 20 minutes from Cape Town and is one of the coolest wine regions due to the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the cooling morning mists that roll into the Valley during the ripening period.
The Durbanville winemakers are united in their passion to reflect the Durbanville terroir in all their wines. The wine tells a story of community and comradery. Today (Thursday, 11 February) each winemaker delivered one ton of grapes to the cellar at Diemersdal. The grapes were hand-harvested in the early morning before being crushed and de-stemmed reductively. Twelve hours of skin contact will be followed by a cool fermentation at 12 – 140 Celsius. The wine will remain on the lees for seven months and be stirred up once a week to enhance mouth feel and concentration.
The wine is due for release in October this year at the Valley’s annual Season of Sauvignon Festival, which aims to showcase and celebrate the excellent Sauvignon Blancs being produced in the region. The wine will be made available to the public to purchase at the relevant Tasting Rooms of the 12 farms.