The Good Guys Take:
From Sauvignon Blanc vineyards that ripen later than most, the barrel fermented Outlier 2019 is a subtle and intriguing affair. Where many SB’s tend to punch you in the face with fruit and acidity, here you’re able to stop and smell the freshly mown grass while relaxing on your own tropical Island. It’s a joy for the senses, not an assault on them.
2018– 4.5 starts in Platter’s Wine Guide 2020
2018– 92 points by Tim Atkin
2017- Top 100 SA Wines - Double Gold
Barrel-fermented dimension adds additional depth and complexity whilst retaining the linear qualities associated with grapes planted on south-east facing aspects. A dense portrayal of sun-kissed tropical fruits, a true ‘outlier’.
The grapes received 6 – 10 hours skin contact before being gently pressed in a “pneumatic” tank press. After inoculation, the juice was fermented 10% new French oak barrels and the rest in second, third and fourth-fill barrels (mostly Nevers and Alliers with a 10% American oak barrel selection). The wine spent 8 months “sur lie” with occasional “batonage” to accentuate the leesy character. 40% tank-fermented sauvignon blanc was added to the blend.
100% Sauvignon Blanc