Effect of mechanical harvesting on Sauvignon Blanc protein content

Effect of mechanical harvesting on Sauvignon Blanc protein content

Dr. Carien Coetzee Basic Wine 21 January 2020 Pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins are the proteins that are responsible for hazes and sediments in wine and are derived from the grape berry where the concentration can be affected by environmental factors such as fungal...
Managing green aromas in the cellar: Methoxypyrazines

Managing green aromas in the cellar: Methoxypyrazines

Dr. Carien Coetzee Basic Wine 02 December 2019 Typically, the green aromas perceived in Sauvignon Blanc wines come from methoxypyrazines (MPZ) present in the grapes at the time of harvest. This is not the only source of green aromas and other compounds, especially the...
Sauv-Sem Blend/Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report 2019

Sauv-Sem Blend/Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report 2019

Sauvignon Blanc is South Africa’s fourth most widely planted variety with 9 533 ha in the ground, the equivalent of 10.2% of the national vineyard. Unwooded examples made for early release have been hugely successful in commercial terms, but some can be accused of...
Managing green aromas in the vineyard: Methoxypyrazines

Managing green aromas in the vineyard: Methoxypyrazines

Dr. Carien Coetzee Basic Wine 29 October 2019   Methoxypyrazines (MPZ) are odorous compounds responsible for the green pepper, grassy, herbaceous, beans, peas, asparagus and even earthy aromas (collectively referred to as “green”). These compounds derive directly...
Foliar fertilisation: Effect on volatile thiols

Foliar fertilisation: Effect on volatile thiols

Dr. Carien Coetzee Basic Wine 17 October 2019   It is well known that adding fertilisation to vineyard soils contribute to soil fertility and vine nutrition and development. Nutrient deficiencies in the vineyard will not only hamper the health and growth of the...
Dié wenwyne wys goeie jaar vir sauvignon blanc

Dié wenwyne wys goeie jaar vir sauvignon blanc

Deur Suzaan Potgieter, Die Burger Versnit Nadat ’n groot getal inskrywings gedurende ’n strawwe beoordelingsproses geproe is, is die wenners van die 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top-10-kompetisie verlede week aangekondig....
2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 revealed

2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 revealed

DOWNLOAD the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 – RESULTS   Sauvignon Blanc South Africa and FNB have revealed the winners of the 2019 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition with no less than eight out of the 10 victors being from the 2019 vintage. This exciting...
The blackcurrant (4MMP) in your favourite Sauvignon Blanc!

The blackcurrant (4MMP) in your favourite Sauvignon Blanc!

An article by Dr Carien Coetzee of Basic Wine on Wine.co.za. Year after year there are specific sites delivering grapes with elevated potential for 4MMP production. There seems to be a definite trend regarding the potential of cool-climate zones and these areas can...
Consumption rates: Oxygen and Sulphur Dioxide

Consumption rates: Oxygen and Sulphur Dioxide

Dr. Carien Coetzee Basic Wine 30 September 2019   Oxygen pickup is regularly seen during various winemaking processes. Some processes can even result in the wine being saturated with oxygen (especially if the wine’s temperature is very low). This dissolved oxygen...
A Technical Unravelling of the Young Wine Show Champion!

A Technical Unravelling of the Young Wine Show Champion!

Dr. Carien Coetzee Basic Wine 12 September 2019 The coveted General Smuts Trophy for the best wine at the SA Young Wine show was won by Flagstone Winery in Somerset West for their 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (unwooded). This was the fifth time in the competition’s 187-year...
Potassium Polyasparate (KPA)

Potassium Polyasparate (KPA)

ENSURING TARTRATE STABILITY IN SOUTH AFRICAN SAUVIGNON BLANC… SINCE 2019!   Dr. Carien Coetzee Basic Wine 27 August 2019 Until now, various additives, such as metatartaric acid, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), mannoproteins and Gum Arabic showed some...
Sauvignon Blanc from two Nations of the Great South

Sauvignon Blanc from two Nations of the Great South

Emile Joubert writes about a recent Erica Crawford tasting hosted by Sauvignon Blanc South Africa (published on The Wine Goggle) “Icy rain pelting down over Stellenbosch and a wine cold enough to freeze the heart of a twice-divorced Texan housewife, this was no...
Closure-derived oxygen and OTR

Closure-derived oxygen and OTR

A research summary Dr. Carien Coetzee Basic Wine 20 August 2019 In a previous blog post, we reported on a study where researchers investigated the effect of copper and glutathione addition, prior to bottling, on the evolution of key aroma compounds such as 3MH (fruity...
Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 4

Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 4

Salinity – the cousin of Minerality Dr. Carien Coetzee Basic Wine 16 July 2019 In a previous blog post, the possible contribution of salt to the perception of minerality in wine was contemplated. After investigation, it seems that this topic has, in fact, barely...
STYLISTIC DIVERSITY IN SOUTH AFRICAN SAUVIGNON BLANC

STYLISTIC DIVERSITY IN SOUTH AFRICAN SAUVIGNON BLANC

The organisers of the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon founded an editorial group comprising 9 Sauvignon specialists whose aim is to shed light on the varietal’s inherent qualities and its connection with wine regions around the world. A new article on South...
Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 3

Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 3

The romantic notion of soil minerals in wine…unromantically disproven Dr. Carien Coetzee Basic Wine 19 June 2019 Unlike virtually all other sensory attributes used to describe a wine, the word, “mineral”, is often taken to have a literal origin. Tasters...
Increasing Sauvignon blanc aroma with H2S!

Increasing Sauvignon blanc aroma with H2S!

Karien O’Kennedy Winetech Sounds like an April Fool’s joke doesn’t it? It is in fact no joke, it’s serious stuff. In fact, so serious that Pernod Ricard France applied for a patent in the USA that has since been granted. The application abstract states the following:...
Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 2

Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 2

A Research Summary Dr. Carien Coetzee 17 May 2019 Part 1 of our Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc series investigated i) cultural differences in the perception of minerality, ii) how minerality is perceived and iii) sensory attributes associated with the perception of...
SBIG becomes Sauvignon Blanc SA

SBIG becomes Sauvignon Blanc SA

Media Release 2 May 2019 SAUVIGNON BLANC SA IS THE NEW AMBASSADOR FOR A GLOBAL FAVOURITE South Africa’s champion for Sauvignon Blanc, one of the country’s most widely planted wine grape varieties, has undergone a transformation that brings momentum to its...
Should we be afraid of pinking?

Should we be afraid of pinking?

Dr. Carien Coetzee 23 April 2019 During one of the sessions at the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon in March this year, we tasted a brilliantly clear wine which had the slightest pink hue. After confirming that there were no blending components to this Sauvignon Blanc...
Renowned New Zealand Winemaker Set to Judge Michelangelo

Renowned New Zealand Winemaker Set to Judge Michelangelo

Ben Glover Emile Joubert 5 April 2019 For this first time since its inception, the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards will welcome a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc expert to its judging panel. Ben Glover from Marlborough, the source of some of the world’s...
Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 1

Minerality in Sauvignon Blanc – Part 1

A Research Summary Dr. Carien Coetzee 5 April 2019 There are so many questions regarding the perception of “minerality” in wine. The lack of scientific evidence leaves the many questions unanswered, but researchers are slowly inching closer to gaining valuable...
Low alcohol Sauvignon Blanc the breadwinner of tomorrow

Low alcohol Sauvignon Blanc the breadwinner of tomorrow

An article by Dr Carien Coetzee on Wine.co.za (1 April 2019) Consumers moderating their alcohol intake, whether it be for health awareness or self-assessment, can be seen all over. It’s called moderation occasions and we all do it at some stage, while more and more...
Effect of Bentonite Fining on Volatile Thiols

Effect of Bentonite Fining on Volatile Thiols

Dr. Carien Coetzee 25 March 2019 Bentonite is one of the most effective products for the removal of proteins due to low cost, high efficiency and easy handling properties. Disadvantages of the use of bentonite include the low level of compaction leading to wine losses...
SA a favourite at Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

SA a favourite at Concours Mondial du Sauvignon

Dr. Carien Coetzee 11 March 2019 The competition in short: The 2019 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon took place in the Udine, a town located in the picturesque Friuli-Venezia-Guilia (see location) in Italy. The three-day event is associated with the annual Concours...
Stability of Sauvignon blanc aroma after fermentation

Stability of Sauvignon blanc aroma after fermentation

Dr. Carien Coetzee 27 February 2019 With most Sauvignon blanc ferments coming to an end, it is important to already start thinking of preservation techniques. Great care was taken during harvest and strategic winemaking techniques were employed for the optimal...
#SoupAndSauvignon – Fresh Tomato with Cashew Cream

#SoupAndSauvignon – Fresh Tomato with Cashew Cream

If you’ve been following (and sipping on) our #SoupAndSauvignon supper series, you’ll know about the heartwarming buy-one-give-one campaign being run by Pesto Princess where every time someone buys a soup, they give one to the Ladles of Love soup kitchen...
#SoupAndSauvignon – Red Lentil with Harissa Toasted Dippers

#SoupAndSauvignon – Red Lentil with Harissa Toasted Dippers

It has not been tough, sipping on Sauvignons and eating our way through the Pesto Princess soup range. All in the name of warming your winter with our #SoupAndSauvignon Series.  It’s been rather splendid.  We might do it all again. This week we noticed all four...

{RECIPE} Goan-Styled Prawn Curry with Lace

  A mouthwateringly moreish dinner beautifully paired with Almenkerk’s off-dry and fruity Lace Sauvignon Blanc.  Get the curry on the go early on… the longer it gently simmers, the better.  Leftovers make for a very enjoyable lunch; heat gently on the...
#SoupAndSauvignon – Pea & Pesto Soup with Crispy Bacon

#SoupAndSauvignon – Pea & Pesto Soup with Crispy Bacon

‘Home-cooked’ food with practically no effort.  Extra time to sip on some Sauvignon! We decided the evenings this winter should be filled with a little less cooking-with-wine, and a little more leisure-time-with-wine.  We looked to Pesto Princess’...
Wild Mushroom Risotto with Waterford Sauvignon Blanc

Wild Mushroom Risotto with Waterford Sauvignon Blanc

This is one of those labours-of-love that are worth it if you enjoy spending time in the kitchen (and can be trusted with the ‘cooking’ wine), and which should be attempted at least once in your lifetime.  Also, after trying your hand at risotto, the next time you...
The Trick with Alikreukel {and three recipes}

The Trick with Alikreukel {and three recipes}

Freshly dived Giant Periwinkle with some of the Sauvignon Blanc we were treated to on our recent Bredasdorp Adventures with Pierre. Small-scale wines with a big heart and even bigger name. Giant, in fact.  Pierre Rabie, wine maker and co-owner of Giant Periwinkle...
2018 #FNBTop10 Sauvignon Blanc Revealed!

2018 #FNBTop10 Sauvignon Blanc Revealed!

Still reeling from the glitz and Sauvignon Blanc at our glamorous #FNBTop10 awards evening last night? So are we! It’s hard to believe it’s all over and we have to wait another year to do it all again. And… *drumroll* …here are our newly...
Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group Gears for a New Era

Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group Gears for a New Era

One of the most inspiring wine categories in South Africa. That’s what made RJ Botha, winemaker at Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch and new chairman of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group (SBIG), keen to take up this organisational role. “Besides absolutely loving to work...
#SoupAndSauvignon – Creamy Carrot with Beetroot Chips

#SoupAndSauvignon – Creamy Carrot with Beetroot Chips

Flavourful winter-warming soups, and extra time to sip on some Sauvignon. If you saw our post about the Pea & Pesto Soup with Ashbourne Sauvignon Blanc/ Chardonnay, you’ll know we’ll be sharing four soups and four Sauvignon Blanc supper suggestions...