Isliedh

ISLIEDH 2018

Blend: 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Sémillon

“Arguably the finest white Bordeaux blend in the country” – Tim Atkin MW

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 2019

Isliedh is a remarkable combination of Cape coastal Sauvignon Blanc drenched in richly textured Sémillon. Both varieties adding to the complexity of the wine. The blend offers beautiful floral notes of white orchid, rose and peach blossom. The fruit leaps from the glass unveiling a harmonious blend of white fruits, ripe nectarine, pink grapefruit, figs and lemon curd. Hints of floral oak spice combined with fresh thyme gives the wine an extra layer of depth. The palate is rich, saline, full and textured with the classic long lasting mineral finish. 2020 – 28

Awards

96 Points Tim Atkin 2018 SA Report


WINE GROWING & VINIFICATION

The Sauvignon Blanc portion of this wine is hand-selected from a single vineyard parcel facing the toughest conditions on our sea-facing Vineyard; severe winds and rocky, decomposed granite soils result in tiny bunches packed with complexity.
The grapes were hand harvested from steep slopes in early hours of the morning. The Sauvignon Blanc component is barrel fermented in French oak. The Sémillon component is fermented in clay amphora pots according to ancient tradition, in order to better show the mineral qualities inherent in this wine

  • Trellis: Vertical Shoot Positioning
  • Plant Density: 3200 vines/ha
  • Soil: Decomposed Granite
  • Yield: 3 tons/ha
  • Skin Contact: None, whole bunch pressed
  • Settling: 8 Hours
  • Fermentation: Sauvignon: Barrel fermented (French Oak); Semillon: Clay Amphora
  • Temperature: 18-22°C
  • Lees Ageing: 10 Months on gross lees in barrel followed by 5 months in stainless steel on fine lees

Analysis

Alc: 14%        RS:1,7 g/l      pH:3,21
TA: 7,9 g/l        FSO2: 41mg/l        SO2 :114mg/l

The Sauvignon Blanc component in Isliedh is harvested from a single block towards the top of our vineyard where extreme conditions such as rocky soils and strong wind result in small bunches with incredible flavour

Previous Awards

Decanter World Wine Awards:

  • Best White Blend in the world over £15 – Isliedh 2012
  • Best White Blend in the world over £15 – Isliedh 2009
  • Rated 5 Stars – Decanter Magazine (2011)
  • Gold – Decanter World Wine Awards (2011)
  • Gold Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2010
  • Regional Trophy – South African White Blend – Decanter World Wine Awards 2010
  • Decanter Magazine 5 star rated, by Tim Atkin (December 2009)
  • Gold Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2008

John Platter

  • ★★★★★ – Isliedh 2017
  • ★★★★★ – Isliedh 2016
  • ★★★★★ – Isliedh 2012
  • ★★★★★ – Isliedh 2010
  • ★★★★★ – Isliedh 2009
  • ★★★★★ – Isliedh 2008
  • ★★★★★ – Isliedh 2007
  • ★★★★★ – Isliedh 2006
  • ★★★★★ – Isliedh 2005

Tim Atkin 

  • 96 Points – Isliedh 2017
  • 95 Points – Isliedh 2016

Robert Parker

  • 93 Points – Isliedh 2015
  • 92 pts Robert Parker, Neal Martin, Oct 31 issue
  • Rated 93 Points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
  • 93 Point Score – Neal Maartin, Wine Advocate (2011) (Highest rated Sauvignon driven wine) (2011)

Wine Spectator

  • 92 Points – Isliedh 2013
  • Rated 92 points by Wine Spectator 2008
  • Rated 91 points by Wine Spectator 2007

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

  • Trophy Winner – Best White Blend Isliedh 2017
  • Trophy Winner – Best White Blend (Museum Class) – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010
  • Trophy Winner – Best Wooded White Blend – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2006
  • Trophy Winner – Best White Wine – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2006
  • Gold Medal – (Museum Class) – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010
  • Trophy Winner – Best Sauvignon Blanc – Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2006

Other Notable Awards

  • Wine Magazine: Best Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend of 2018.
  • International Wine Challenge: Gold Medal – Isliedh 2016 (95 points)
  • Double Gold, National Wine Challenge, 2016
  • A Top 100 South African Wine – Top 100 South African Wine Awards (2011)
  • Double Gold – Five Nations Challenge (2011)
  • SAWI Icon award (2011)
  • SA Champion White Wine Blend (SBW Trophy) SA Young Wine Show 2005
  • Voted “Best White Wine on Show” WineX Cape Town 2006
  • Gold Medal – Veritas Wine Awards 2005
  • Best in its Class International Wine & Spirit Competition London 2006

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