Oak Valley ‘Fountain of Youth’ Sauvignon Blanc expresses fruit aromas of blackcurrant, granadilla and ripe melons. Flavours of tropical fruit persist on the palate, particularly papaya, litchi and gooseberries. A lovely long finish compliments the dense palate
About the Wine
A wine grown high up on the foothills of the Groenlandberg in the cool climate of Elgin resulting in slow ripening that develops beautiful, zesty tropical fruit.
With the cool climate of Elgin resulting in a delayed ripening time, our Sauvignon Blanc is allowed to mature in the vineyard where other warmer regions do not have this luxury. Reductive winemaking with cool fermentation temperatures results in a wine bursting with beautiful depth of fruit.
Vines Planted 2004 & 2007
Soil Med. textured gravely with Structured Clay
HA 3.28 & 5.07 Clones SB3, 11, 28, 159,242, Root stock 101 - 14
Vine Training 5 wire VSP trellis
Harvest 15 - 28 February
BLOCK NO 11B & 14 Slope SSW / SSE Altitude 420 - 450 M
DISTANCE TO OCEAN 20.7KM
Winery to Vinyard 1.9Km
PH 3.28 / Acidity 6.1l/g / Volatile A. .46g/l / Res. Sugar 2.3g/l
About the Winery
IN 1898, SIR ANTONIE VILJOEN, THE FOUNDER OF OAK VALLEY, DISCOVERED A CRYSTAL CLEAR FRESH WATER SPRING ON THE LOWER FOOTHILLS OF THE GROENLANDBERG MOUNTAIN RANGE SOON AFTER HIS PURCHASE OF THE PROPERTY. SO GOOD WAS THIS WATER THAT SIR ANTONIE HAD IT PIPED OVER MANY MILES TO HIS HOME AND PROCLAIMED IT THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH.
African Odyssey - December 2016
Tim Atkin MW
Tim Atkin MW "embarks on a wine safari of the issues, the people and the places that everyone is talking about" in the Cape.
He highlights Elgin as one of five regions you should stock. "It was the Stellenbosch Farmers Winery, in collaboration with Paul Cluver and Oak Valley, that saw the valley's potential in the 1980s - and how right they were."
"The subsequent development of Iona on a steep site cooled by Atlantic breezes, helped to cement the area's reputation for crisp, pithy whites in particular. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir do very well here, but so do Sauvignon Blanc" and "Riesling".
Atkin then went on to include Oak Valley as one of the best producers.