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Hermanuspietersfontein, Kat Met Die Houtbeen 2022

You’ve probably heard of the quaint beach town of Hermanus, situated on South Africa’s famous Whale Coast. Between 1855 and 1902, it was called Hermanuspietersfontein. In 1902, the local postmaster decided to shorten the name of the town to make addressing letters to the locals easier.

150 years later, the wine farm Hermanuspietersfontein, or HPF for short, craft outstanding wines with a serious sense of place. Their grapes come from Sondagskloof, which competes with Elgin and the Ceres Plateau for South Africa’s coolest wine growing region.

‘Kat Met Die Houtbeen’ translates to ‘Cat With The Wooden Leg’ from Afrikaans. This alludes to the lithe nature of the wine as well as the use of oak.

This is a fuller style Sauvignon Blanc that ferments and ages in both new (40%) and older oak for 12 months. Expect an array of fruit from elegant aromas of exotic fruit (starfruit, dragon fruit) to undertones of tropical aromas (passionfruit and ripe pineapple) and yellow fruit (peach). The pronounced fruit profile is accentuated with herbs and exotic spice. Vibrant acidity and a lingering finish gives the wine at least 7 years ageing potential.

94pts, Platter’s 2024

£18.75

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Sondagskloof, Walker Bay

Sauvignon Blanc

Bone-drySweet

Description

Humbly hobbling along while counting her blessings

She once wandered onto our yard, cool, calm, and confident and made herself at home. Independently comfortable. Where she came from no one knows. Her adventures didn’t start here, it is here where it continues…

A fuller style Sauvignon blanc that ferments and ages in oak for 10-12 months depending on the vintage. We use old (75%) and new (25%) French oak pigeons (500L). Certain leaner vintages might contain a smidgeon of Sémillon to broaden the texture and palate. The earlier vintages (2012-2017) are more in a linear style and will start to showcase some tertiary flavours, where the younger vintages (2018-2022) will have elegant aromas of exotic fruit (starfruit, dragon fruit), undertones of tropical aromas (passionfruit and ripe pineapple) and yellow fruit (peaches). On the palate we strive to create a fine balance between elegant and a well-rounded wine, supported by crisp freshness, good length and minerality at the end. These wines will age for 7 years and beyond, provided stored under optimum conditions

ORIGIN Sondagskloof

COMPOSITION Sauvignon Blanc 90%, Semillon 10%

ALCOHOL 13.1%
RES.SUGAR 2.0g/l
TOTAL ACIDITY 6.65g/l
pH 3.3

MATURATION IN OAK 12 months in French Oak 60% in old (2-3 years of age) French oak pigeons (500L) 40% in new French oak pigeons (500L).

MATURATION BEFORE RELEASE 3 months in tank, 6 months in bottle.

AROMA PROFILE Elegant aromas of exotic fruit (starfruit, dragon fruit), undertones of tropical aromas (passionfruit and ripe pineapple) and yellow fruit (peach).

PALATE PROFILE Harmonious, elegant, and well-rounded supported by crisp freshness, good length with minerality at the end.

AGEING POTENTIAL 7 years and beyond, provided stored under optimum conditions.

Additional information

Vintage

2022

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Farm

Alcohol vol

13.1%

Origin

Sondagskloof, Walker Bay

Garlic and herb roast chicken or a classic chicken Caesar Salad if you’re in the mood for something a bit lighter.