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Bessie Sauvignon Blanc 2023

Bessie Sauvignon Blanc 2023

R90,00

No bull can live on its own, and when Annelie decided that Spijker needed a partner, the first name that came to mind was Bessie, the favourite cow of their neighbours, Hennie and Theresa, on whose property we make the wine. Bessie is well-known for her calf-producing abilities, and she has since taken on the responsibility of mothering our very own herd of “besies” (calves), who now graze nearby where we live.

Sauvignon Blanc is one of Annelie’s favourite white grape varieties, and including it in Bessie was an obvious choice for her. On the nose, it’s crisp, fresh, and zippy, with notes of fynbos herbaceousness and newly cut grass. The rich and generous mid palate bursts with flavours of grenadella, litchees, and melons.

Specifications

SKU: SAB-002
Alcohol Volume: 13.35%
Sugar G/L: 1.06 g/l
Type of wine: White Wine
Cultivar: Sauvignon Blanc
Food Pairing: Pasta, Seafood

More Information

In the cellar

De-stalking and pressing took place under reductive conditions, with the aid of dry ice. The juice was allowed to settle at 100C , and then racked from the sediment to a new tank, where it was inoculated with the Vin 7 yeast strain.

In the vineyard

The grapes are sourced from the southern and northern slopes of the Bottelary Hills, as well as the Helderberg region, resulting in a wine of tremendous complexity.

Ageing

Dinks well now, but can be aged for a further 2 to 3 years if stored in the correct conditions.

Cultivar

Sauvignon Blanc

Food Pairing

A delicious wine on its own, but will be a perfect accompaniment to pasta, pizza, fresh seafood.

Awards and Recognition

  • Vitis Vinifera Awards 2022 – Gold

About the Wine Estate

Spijker & Bessie are wines born of neighbourly love, a sense of humour, the compassion of Stellenbosch winemaking celebrities, and, most importantly, a passion for wine. During the 2019 harvest season, Hennie and Annelie's kind next-door neighbours, Hennie and Theresa Visser of the Lovane Boutique Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, gave Annelie an opportunity to create a small batch of experimental red wine in their cellar. In 2020 they decided to add Sauvignon Blanc to their range, and what started out as a fun family endeavour quickly evolved into a difficult scenario as the reality of the COVID-19 lockdown period dawned on us – no wine sales for months! As a long-time resident of the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, Annelie was fortunate to have a large number of thirsty wine-drinking friends and family members, and when the alcohol sales prohibition was repealed, they were finally able to release our two “wine babies” into the world. She needed to name these wines her “wine babies” and wanted to do something unique from the outset. A name that is easy to pronounce and without the pretentiousness that often intimidates wine buyers. Who would have thought that two beloved bovines would lend their names to the creation of Spijker & Bessie. The first vintage’s wines were all bottled, corked, and labelled by hand, and her three sons pitched in whenever possible. Initially, Annelie had planned to sell the wines only to friends and family, but with rising demand, who knows where these two bovines will lead us. When that day arrives, she will be able to produce wine until the cows come home.

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