Pas De Nom White
Pas de Nom meaning Without Name is something so sublime that it could be inspired by an individual of character, strength and temerity. This range is a tribute to our late farm manager, Japie Bronn, who has been instrumental in developing the vineyards on some of the steepest slopes in the Cape. His commitment to quality as a wine grower is admirable and beyond reproach.
Words from our winemaker, Megan:
Winter leading up to the 2022 harvest was warmer than usual, though the season provided sufficient cold units and rainfall to fill soil reserves. August was cooler than the last five seasons, and we entered Spring on the back of an intense cold front. These wet, cold soil conditions led to bud break being 10 days late. The initial growth throughout September was slow. A warmer October accelerated growth and by the time of flowering, reproductive growth was only around 5 days behind. Rain and heat through November led to increased vegetative growth – meaning increased suckering to allow for better air movement in the bunch zone, and come veraison we experienced rolling heatwaves. Though buffered by our Oceanic climate, it was still far warmer than in prior years. We also experienced strangely inconsistent cold spells, breaking the various heat-cycles.
This wine was carefully crafted from grapes grown against the mountainous slopes of the diverse Western Cape. With scrupulous attention being paid to every step in the winemaking process, this year’s 100% Sauvignon blanc is more lively than ever. To retain the fresh and delicate aromas that have become characteristic of this offering, the juice was fermented at a cool temperature in a stainless steel tank. After fermentation, the final wine was allowed to remain on its gross lees for 14 months to add some fleshy texture to the vibrantly fresh medium before a light filtration pre-bottling.
Clear and bright, the wine has a light straw colour tinged with lime green. Notes of guava, asparagus and white peach on the nose follow through beautifully to a full-flavoured palate that is balanced by a refreshing minerality. This elegant wine is rich and vibrant with a long, well-defined finish.