A wise old Greek winemaker once told me: “Your job is to take a photo of this vineyard (ecosystem) and put that in a bottle”
Wine of Origin: Western Cape
Vineyards: Durbanville/ Stellenbosch
Age of wines: 35-55 Years
The smallest in 5 years, due to a hot, dry growing season that impacted the yields. From October to January we had heat wave upon heatwave, which brought on an earlier harvest, forcing winemakers to visit the vineyards more regularly than previous years. Due to this, Ian had to pick earlier and judge that moment with especially careful consideration.
Alc 12% | RS 1.2 g/L | TA 5.4 g/L | pH 3.5 g/L
Due to the hardships the grapes endured on the vine, the flavours are more intense and their profiles more definitive. The grapes were a lot smaller in size, resulting in a rich flavourful experience. The wine was released in 2018 and because of minimal interference and no additions, barring some sulphites, this classic wine has the potential to age for 30+ years.
Even though this is the same cultivar, it’s a blend of terroirs. This vintage was a blend of Durbanville and Stellenbosch. The beauty of blending these two diverse terroirs is that it allows the winemaker to show how they complement each other to produce a true South African Semillon. We are blessed in the Western Cape to have diverse terroirs which can be used to blend a classic style wine that no one else in the world can replicate. My job is to find which old vines complement each other. Just before bottling I make up the blend to highlight the beauty of the specific vintage.
“Made from Durbanville and Stellenbosch fruit, Semillon gives a much smaller window to pick if you want to capture the seductive green apple, lemon & lime zest vigour. The nose is full of green apple, white peach pastille fruit and delicate orange blossom notes. In the mouth it is full, broad and glycerol with the most delicious texture, twinned with lime cordial, citrus blossom, green apple, white pepper and vanilla pod spice. A wonderfully harmonious, generous wine that retains the intensity and linearity of Semillon but with extra concentration and almost Chardonnay palate power. A real triumph. Drink from release and over 20+ years. One of the best current examples of this variety on the South African market. Snap this up on release in South Africa in June.”