The grapes for our 2013 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc come from our La Escultura Vineyard in the Casablanca Valley, just a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, which moderates the temperatures throughout the growing season. The cool breezes that blow in from the sea also encourage the grapes to ripen gradually, which helps conserve the flavours and aromas and maintain the acidity levels in the grapes. These conditions make the Casablanca Valley a privileged place for cool-climate varieties, especially Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard was planted in 1992 with French clones 242 and 107, and the American clone 1 Davis. The soils have a fine sandy-loam texture and the vigour potential is low due to the high percentage of stones from a nearby creek. The vines are drip irrigated and trellised to vertical shoot position.
Climate: Rainy winters and moderately warm summers with morning fog and cool breezes in the afternoon.
Soil: Fine sandy-loam texture with low vigour potential.
Harvest Dates: March 16 – 16
Heat Summation (Oct - Apr): 1,469 degree days
Average Temperature in (October–April): 16.5°C Daily
Temperature Oscillation (October–April): 17.9°C
Precipitation (October–April): 43.1 mm
The 2012–2013 season was a cold one, and rain fell during the summer months. The average minimum temperatures in January and February were higher than the historic averages and the previous season. Both March and April had lower average minimum and maximum temperatures than the historic average and the previous season, which is reflected in the heat summation of 1,020 Degree Days—6% above the historic average and 1.1% below the previous (2011–2012) season. Harvest took place 20 days later than it did in the previous year, and rainfall was 129 mm, 199% above the 43.1 mm historic average.
The fruit was hand picked in the early morning and carefully transported to the cellar, where it was destemmed, crushed, and pressed. The must obtained was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 12º–15ºC with yeasts that were especially selected to express the aromatic potential of the grapes at low temperatures. The grapes were prevented from coming into contact with oxygen in order to conserve the variety’s typical fresh and fruity aromas. Once the fermentation was complete, the new wine was left in contact with its fine lees for three months to develop volume and a smooth texture on the palate.
Our 2013 Casablanca Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is a light greenish-yellow in colour. The nose is elegant and offers fresh notes of citrus fruits such as grapefruit, along with green chilli, gooseberry and subtle notes of white flowers. The palate stands out for its fresh acidity and a mineral sensation that heightens its elegance and liveliness.