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 insights into this controversial attribute. A study titled “Perceived minerality in Sauvignon wines: Influence of culture and perception mode”1 by … Read More

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Renowned New Zealand Winemaker Set to Judge Michelangelo

Emile Joubert 5 April 2019 Ben Glover 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 best and most popular Sauvignon Blanc wines, is set to join the panel of international wine … Read More

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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 consumers are adapting ‘moderation’ as a lifestyle. The beer companies have successfully tapped this market and … Read More

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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 as well as the speculated change in texture and flavour of a wine. With the … Read More

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Sauvignon – superster van wynliefhebbers (Die Burger Versnit 20 Maart 2019)

Vier die wonder van Sauvignon Blanc saam met Winifred Bowman. Dit is amptelik: Sauvignon Blanc het die meeste aanhangers van enige druifsoort, wit of rooi, in Suid-Afrika. Altesaam 40% van alle witwynverkope is Sauvignon Blanc, omtrent dubbeld die van die naaste kompetisie, naamlik Chenin Blanc (en drie keer meer as Chardonnay). Die goeie nuus vir produsente is: 22% van alle Sauvignon … Read More

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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 Mondial de Bruxelles, and is exclusively dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc. Seventy-three jurors from all around the world were tasked … Read More

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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 formation of aromatics: now to lock it all in. Compounds differ immensely in their stability, for instance, the methoxypyrazines are … Read More

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Increasing methoxypyrazines using skin contact and increased pressures…more trouble than it is worth?

Dr. Carien Coetzee 18 February 2019 In general, winemakers will agree that juice quality will change during the pressing cycle and (depending on the style of wine) will prefer to use free run juice or slightly pressed fractions for the production of the premium Sauvignon Blanc wines. The reasoning behind the strategy is multifold; in this blog, we will look … Read More

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Sauvignon Blanc under investigation: Current research at the University of Stellenbosch (Oenology)

The University of Stellenbosch has several projects underway with the star of the show being Sauvignon blanc! Scientists are eager to explore the variety’s unique characteristics from multiple perspectives – in the vineyard, the winery and the sensory. Below is a brief summary of the current and prospective projects in the Oenology lab. More projects from other fields of research … Read More

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Seafood & Sauvignon – get fresh this weekend

  Scoop, slurp, sip, swirl.  Once the guests have arrived, these black beauties are on the table, and the wine is poured, that’s all that will be left to do.  Oh. And soak.  You’ll need some good bread to soak up those juices.  Once you taste it, you’ll know what we mean. Here’s this weekend’s fresh and splendid lunch sorted. Remember … Read More

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