Tread Lightly Sauvignon Blanc, Backsberg 2019

Country
South Africa
Region
Western Cape
Producer
Backsberg Estate Cellars
Grape(s)
Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Type
White
Style
Aromatic
Oaked Style
Unoaked
Body Style
Medium bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Dry
Alcohol Content
12.5%
Closure Style
Screw Cap
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
Yes
Vegan
Yes
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

Region

The Western Cape is roughly the size of Greece and is the fourth largest province in South Africa. A temperate southern coastline is fringed by mountains whilst the north meets up with the Karoo plateau. The west coast of the province is extremely dry and windy. Two oceans meet on its coast; the cool Atlantic on the west and the warm Indian Ocean on the south coast. The weather is perfect for growing grapes - rainfall measures up to 40 inches a year, the mild Mediterranean weather provides the perfect climate and the ground is mainly sandy and rough.

Producer

Founded in 1916, this wonderful estate is located below `The Little Tower of Babylon` on the steep hillside vineyards in Paarl. This prominent producer has been at the forefront of quality wine production for many years. Currently under the stewardship of third generation Michael Back, they are making considerable waves in the international market. Recently achieving carbon neutral status, the first in South Africa. They constantly strive to produce the highest quality grapes using natural and organic principles. Alicia Rechner is back at the helm as winemaker and is well supported by viticulturalist Clive Trent.
Tasting Notes
An historic and wonderful family property in Paarl that today also owns vineyards in the cooler Elgin and Durbanville regions, which are blended to create a delicious Sauvignon Blanc. Bursting with aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit, this matches aromatic intensity with freshness and balance. Lime and nettle characters predominate on the palate which cleverly matches fruit sweetness with natural acidity.
Food
Prawn cocktail, globe artichoke salad and simple grilled fish.