Sauvignon Blanc specialist Diemersdal Wine Estate in Durbanville has added a newcomer to its range of wines, this one originating from the Marlborough wine region on New Zealand's South Island.
The Diemersdal Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 was made in Marlborough situated some 11 000kms from Diemersdal's winery, and it is being offered as a wine representing owner-winemaker Thys Louw's vision of harnessing a diverse range of Sauvignon Blanc styles under the Diemersdal label.
At the beginning of 2019 Louw was in Marlborough as the South African representative at the annual Marlborough Celebration of Sauvignon Blanc, an international conference focussing on the cultivar. Outside of the formal duties, he teamed-up with well-known local winemaker Ben Glover from Glover Family Vineyards to initiate Project Diemersdal Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Mild summers, cold winters and substantial variation in day and night temperatures make Marlborough an ideal region to ripen Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
While Louw was back at Diemersdal attending to his own harvest season, Glover picked the grapes for Diemersdal Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at the end of March. The must and juice was handled anaerobically to protect against any potential oxidation and to maintain juice freshness.
Tienie Louw, Thys's father, visited Marlborough in the winter to check on the wine's progress and to taste various samples.
"This is one of the aspects about Marlborough that truly stands-out: no matter where you are, no matter what the name of the producer reads on the bottle, if you taste a wine made in that part of the world, you know you are tasting Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. And for Diemersdal it is a great honour to be able to present this to South African wine drinkers who have already made Sauvignon Blanc the country’s most popular varietal wine," says Louw.