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The Game Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Game Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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The Game Reserve Wines are a socially responsible choice

The premium Game Reserve range of wines makes a significant contribution to sustaining the South African wildlife and wilderness treasures in association with Wilderness Foundation Africa.

These wines, under the custodianship of Rooiberg Winery, contribute significantly to the Foundation from wine sales.

Rooiberg, as part of the Rooiberg Breede River Conservancy Corridor Project, operates in collaboration with various property owners in the area – identified as an important conservation site which forms a natural corridor of leopard and other wild species to interact with one another.

In fact the Robertson-McGregor area has shown the highest density leopard population in expansive studies by the Landmark Foundation – an organization that addresses threats to wildlife and works with the relevant land-owners in this regard.

Eight of the 20 shareholder farms in the Rooiberg fold were selected as having the most conservation-worthy land and form part of the BWI. This comprises more than 15,000 acres of natural land which represents 57% of the total area of shareholders’ farms.

These are but a few of the initiatives that have given the 54 year-old Rooiberg Winery – the custodian of Game Reserve Wines – a track-record of quality wine production in harmony with nature and the interests of the community. It is today a leader with regard to compliance with the relevant clean and green and ethical systems of the South African wine industry and the relevant regulatory organizations.

Allocation of funds from Game Reserve Wines
A contribution of R3 from the proceeds of each bottle of Game Reserve wine sold, is made towards Wilderness Foundation Africa’s conservation and education programs throughout Africa – the benefits of which support biodiversity and cultural, scientific, economic and spiritual values. R2 of each contribution will be spent on general projects while R1 accrues to conservation activities specifically in the Robertson area.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Pinotage
Appellation
Coastal Region
Alcohol %
13
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This seductive Sauvignon Blanc oozes gooseberry and passion fruit, with notes of ripe figs, lemongrass and capsicum. Following through is a delicious concentration of tropical fruit, nettles and cut grass flavours on the palate. A versatile wine with crisp, lively acidity and a dusty pebble finish.
Vineyard Notes
The grapes are from 8 different vineyards in the Coastal region (Firgrove, Stellenbosch and Groenekloof, Darling) - all the sites are carefully selected for the natural cooling effect that is gained from their close proximity to the ocean, their Mediterranean climate, the geological diversity of their soils and for their viticultural practices.
Production Notes
Handpicked during the first 2 weeks in February 2015 between 21 - 24 ºB. The criteria that is used for picking is the physical signs of ripeness plus the flavour development that is determined by tasting the berries. Reductive treatment from vineyard to bottling in order to capture the varietal flavours. Destalked, mash cooled with 12 - 18 hours skin contact and cool fermentation at 10 - 14 ºC. The wine undergoes three months of full lees contact after alcoholic fermentation.
Winemaker Notes
As one of South Africa’s champions of farming in harmony with nature, Rooiberg Winery is committed to conserving, protecting and rehabilitating this country’s precious indigenous fauna and flora and the unique habitats that sustain them. The Game Reserve range of wines celebrates this passion for sustainability and caring custodianship by offering wine lovers an opportunity to share in this exciting concept. A groundbreaking collaboration between Rooiberg Winery and the Wilderness Foundation will see even greater strides being made towards conservation, upliftment and education. For more information on Rooiberg Winery, The Game Reserve range and the Wilderness Foundation
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy as an aperitif or with grilled, smoked and spicy fish and chicken dishes.
Other Notes
The Fish Eagle: With its striking black and white plumage and haunting call, the fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) is a well-loved African symbol with an impressive wingspan of around two meters. These splendid birds of prey can be seen soaring above the Rooiberg Breede River Conservancy scaring small birds away, thereby preventing damage to the ripe grapes before harvest.
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