Historic Diemersdal

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In a country with some incredible Sauvignon Blanc winemakers, talented young Thys Louw stands out as a leader among leaders. The fact that he calls me “Oom,” I do not hold against him—as a matter fact I find it most endearing. Before the sh…hit the fan he was chosen to go to New Zealand, no slouch in making world class Sauvignons, to represent us in 2019 at the International Celebration of Sauvignon Blanc. Here the inspiration was born for Diemersdal’s latest Sauvignon, The Journal. Thys says “Spending a week with Sauvignon Blanc makers from France, Austria, New Zealand and America inspired me to attempt a next-level Diemersdal wine,” he says. “With The Journal I wanted to make a wine from the farm’s finest Sauvignon Blanc site representing the best Durbanville is capable of. For the classic touch, the wine was to be oaked. And not just as an afterthought. We used a substantial component of new French oak barrels, including some premium Stockinger vessels from Austria, which are absolutely incredible in bringing out complexity and depth in white wine.”

Thys Louw at home

The second vintage of Diemersdal estate’s The Journal Sauvignon Blanc underscores this range’s commitment to showing the farm’s Durbanville terroir through classic, old-school styles of winemaking. The just-released The Journal Sauvignon Blanc 2020, following the maiden 2019 version introduced last year, is made from a single vineyard planted with vines of between 28 and 38 years old. The wine was fermented in barrel, after which it spent 11 months in new and second fill oak, the barrels specially made in France and Austria for Sauvignon Blanc aging.

Apart from Sauvignon Blanc, Diemersdal’s The Journal wine range consists of a Pinotage and a Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2020 vintage of The Journal is characterised by opulence of Sauvignon Blanc varietal expression, with refinement and elegance. “The quality of that vintage played right into my hands in making The Journal Sauvignon Blanc,” says Thys. “Barrel-fermentation and 11 months in new and second-fill barrels kept the fruit and elegance in the wine as well as adding layer-upon-layer of complexity. I have been working intimately with Sauvignon Blanc for over 25 years know. But when I taste a wine like The Journal 2020, I know that this variety will never cease to amaze me.”

Diemersdal The Journal Sauvignon Blanc is available at a recommended retail price of R225 a bottle.