Villiera is a family run winery in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. We are a pioneering quality wine company committed to preserving the environment and have been rewarded with membership to the Biodiversity of Wine Initiative. We specialise in Cap Classique and have a strong reputation for Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. We also commit ourselves to the ongoing education and upliftment of our staff and are WIETA accredited.
VARIETY: 100 % Sauvignon Blanc
AREA OF ORIGIN: Stellenbosch
HARVEST DETAILS: The grapes are picked at optimum ripeness which, in the case of Sauvignon Blanc 2019 was 13.5% alcohol. This is to ensure phenolic ripeness. We ensure good protection of the fruit from oxidation and the hand-harvesting occurs mainly in the early morning to take advantage of cooler conditions. 2019 was a warm vintage and a portion had to be picked early to ensure sufficient freshness.
CELLAR TREATMENT: After crushing and deerstalking we allow 6 hours of skin contact to maximise varietal character. This is followed by gentle pressing and fraction separation. Only the free-run and the first pressing is used for Sauvignon Blanc. After settling the clear juice is cold fermented with neutral yeast to avoid masking the varietal character. Then it is blended, stabilized and bottled in May/June.
Alcohol: 13.8 vol %
Residual Sugar: 2.4 g/li
Total Acid: 6.5 g/li