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The Lion Hound White 2018

Bottle Analysis

Winemaker: Toit Wessels
Alcohol: 12.5% vol
pH: 3.32
RS: 5.1  g/l
Total Acid: 6.1 g/l
Extract: 23 g/l
Bottled: 20 April 2018
Release Date: July 2018

Bottles: 5247 bottles
Cellaring:  None
Origin: Paarl
IPW: Yes

Tasting Notes

An upfront, tropical array of juicy citrus, pineapple and orange blossom with a hint of green guava.


There are  varieties used in this expressive wine:

  • Viognier 10%
  • Sauvignon  Blanc 90%


All grapes were handpicked at vine ripeness.


Wine making

  • Rich, expressive Paarl Viognier and low yielding tropical Sauvignon Blanc were hand selected and night harvested to preserve the delicate flavours typical to Paarl Mountain.
  • The Sauvignon Blanc was fermented in stainless steel tanks and ferment lasted 21 days at 14- 16C whilst the Viognier was barrel fermented. The initial ferment started naturally and after 3 degrees Balling a commercial yeast strain was inoculated to ensure that the ferment ran to dryness. Ferment lasted for 15 days at 18 0 C.
  • Both varieties are fermented in a manner to retain their natural cultivar characteristics and then combined for complexity in an elegantly juicy blend.
  • The wine was lightly filtered prior to bottling.
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