Blanc de Mer offers more than it portrays and its Riesling pedigree boasts lots of strong personality. It is an unusual blend from the Cape where Riesling is virtually unknown as a blending partner. The name Blanc de Mer translates to ‘White of the Sea’. Inspired by the estate’s close proximity to our coastal town Hermanus where the Southern Right whales come to calve during the months of late winter towards the end of spring.
VINTAGE One of the most significant features of 2013 was the unusually long winter of 2012 with the added challenge of a very wet October month. While this may sound adverse, it was in fact a very ‘appropriate’ scenario because worldwide quality wine production is synonymous with marginal but cool climate conditions.
VINIFICATION Components fermented separately and matured for a minimum of 5 months on gross lees in stainless steel tanks, prior to blending and preparation for bottling. Malolactic fermentation was suppressed to retain freshness and vibrancy.
TASTING NOTES Lively on the palate but inviting and lingering with fresh, sprightly, zesty, citrus flavours. The philosophy behind Blanc de Mer is that it is a white wine for all occasions.
FOOD PAIRING Aptly named, the wine pairs beautifully with shellfish and seafood, especially oysters and Sushi. Also wonderful as an aperitif, with a fresh garden salad or Indian and Asian spiced dishes