60 in stock
60 in stock
Location: Citrusdal Mountain
Grapes: Semillon / Groendruif (South African synonym)
Ageing: 12 months old foudre
Soils: Decomposed Table Mountain sandstone formations with a high iron content
VINIFICATION | The grapes are picked in the Citrusdal Mountains and it does require a major load of logistics to get the grapes down to the winery: the journey to the vineyard takes about 4 and a half hours so we only return to the cellar at the end of the day and then place the grapes in our cool room (at 4 degrees) for the night.The next day the grapes are sorted and the whole bunches go into the press.The pressing lasts 3 hours and in that period a margin of settling of the juice takes place in the collecting tank.The turbid juice is then transferred to one of our old foudres for fermentation.
The juice composition of the Kokerboom vineyard is usually very low in natural nitrogen and yeast nutrients and the fermentation takes about 10 days to start and normally equires 6 – 8 months to complete, which often brings us to the following spring. By then the malolactic fermentation would usually have come to completion as well.
AGEING | The wine is left in cask for the entire first 12 months on the fermentation lees and we bottle from the lees.We add about 60ppm of sulphur 2 – 3 weeks prior to bottling to ensure it is evenly distributed throughout the tank.We cannot mix it in for everything is still on the gross lees.
NOTES | The Kokerboom vineyard consists of around 80% white Green Grape and 20% red Green Grape.We pick them together and press them simultaneously.The wine is one of the richest wines we produce with pure volume and massive texture.The Semillon ripens very well in this area due to the high solar radiation and the grapes enter the cellar between 13.5 – 14% alcohol.
The 2021 Kokerboom displays ginger and cordial lime entry on the palate; the secondary aromas are more the classic lanolin waxy aromas associated with Semillon. However, this vintage is very fresh, and the same Granny Smith, greener apple aromas found in the Skurfberg, are to be found in this wine.The power is at the very end of this wine.
The compact tannins and acidity take this wine to infinity and beyond………….. We produced very little, so please share with friends.
Yield: 16 hl/ha
Alcohol: 14,5 %
Residual Sugar: 1,5 g/L
Total Acidity: 5,75 g/L
Total Sulphur: 78 mg/L