Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Alcohol: 12.5% vol
RS: 3.7 g/l
Total Acid: 6.3 g/l
Extract: 21.0 g/l
Bottled: 07 June 2022
Release Date: June 2022
Bottles: 2858 bottles
A fresh, array of red summer berries evolves to notes of pomegranate and delicate strawberry sorbet on the palate.
The Lion Hound Rose is ideal with medium bodied seafood dishes, summer salads or lightly cured meats.
The vineyards used to produce our lively tropical Sauvignon Blanc are planted in an East-West direction to avoid direct sun exposure to the bunches and to protect the delicate tropical flavours. The vines grow in deep Oakleaf soils irrigated according to soil moisture availability and leaf water potential.
The grapes were hand harvested at varying degrees of ripeness from 31 January – 7 February 2022 to maximise complexity and overall flavour range.
Sugar : 18.5o Balling 20.5o Balling 21.5o Balling
Acid : 10.2g/l 7.35g/l 6.1g/l
pH : 2.95 3.05 3.35
The grapes were harvested at night and destemmed only to press under reductive conditions.
The juice was settled with pectalytic enzyme for 48 hours at 9oCelsius before being racked and inoculated with selected commercial yeast cultures.
Fermentation was managed at 14-16o Celsius and lasted for 21 days.
After primary ferment was completed the component cultivars were blended and a short 60-day period of lees contact enhanced midpalate while still retaining the crisp Rose character.
Great care was taken to retain the delicate red berry flavours and a light filtration was done before bottling.