A youthful, pale and dry sherry-style fortified wine, with hints of
apples, almonds, and walnuts on the nose. The palate is very fresh
and round with a lingering finish. The wine will complement a
diverse range of tapas style food. Serve chilled.
Klein Amoskuil farm has been the home of the Spice Route Winery since 1997, when Charles Back stumbled across South Africa’s oldest Sauvignon Blanc bush vines – vines completely out of place in the extreme dryland conditions. Amos Block pays timeless tribute to this very vineyard, reflecting a scale of years past which perpetuates the expression of place and harmonises time. Fermented without additives, gently fortified and aged in the Swartland heat under flor yeast, this wine is a bone-dry blend of multiple vintages. Bottled straight from the barrel and totally unfiltered, it should be consumed within a few days after opening.
IN THE VINEYARD
This sherry-style wine is made from exceptionally unique Sauvignon
Blanc bush vines planted in 1965, making the vineyard the oldest
Sauvignon Blanc block in South Africa. The historic vineyard is
dryland, and farmed without irrigation.
Each year, we pick the fruit at low sugar between 18,5 to 20 degree
balling. The juice is allowed to ferment naturally in very old French
barrels. Once fermentation is completed, we fortify the wine to 15%
alcohol and add the flor yeast culture. The first bottling is a solera
(small amounts of younger wines are stored in an upper tier of
comprising of barrels) of three vintages, 2014 to 2016 vintage.
Mid to late January each year
This has been a project a few years in the making, and is a truly
exciting endeavour for our team. Using South Africa’s oldest
Sauvignon Blanc vines was an honour, with the resulting product
being something beautifully unique and memorable. Enjoy! – Charl du