This 2016 Semillon was produced from single vineyard vines sourced from a neighboring farm in the Franschhoek valley.
Prior to ripening, the conditions were extremely hot and dry, with fires on surrounding farms.
The grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of early morning on the 3rd of March, then transported back to the cellar under cold conditions to retain freshness.
After de-stemming the grapes were pressed lightly, and left to settle for two days in cold tanks. The juice was racked to fermentation tanks and fermented until dry over 7 days at cold temperatures, to retain freshness and the fruit characters. Seventeen percent of the wine was matured in French and Hungarian barrels, with the remaining matured on the lees in tank. Weekly batonage enhances the palate.
This full-bodied wine has a light golden colour. The flavours and aromas have layers of dust and fynbos with hanepoot tones, carrying through to a palate showing lanolin and honeycomb. Subtle changes to the oaking have imparted complexity and depth to the palate, which is crisp and dry. The finish is long and elegant.
Semillon is best enjoyed chilled as an aperitif at any time of the day. It can be partnered with a wide range of foods and snacks, such as stir-fries and lighter curries.
It is released ready to drink and will continue to develop in the bottle.
pH 3.12 - Alcohol 12.5% - Total acid 5.8 g/l - Residual Sugar 4.1 g/l
PRODUCTION: 2000 -bottles
WINEMAKER: Marozanne Bieldt