SOURCE: This 2017 Semillon was produced from single vineyard vines sourced from a neighboring farm in the Franschhoek valley.
WEATHER: Prior to ripening, the conditions were hot and very dry.
HARVESTING: The grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of early morning on the 23rd of February, then transported back to the cellar under cold conditions to retain freshness.
VINIFICATION: After de-stemming, the grapes underwent over- night skin contact and were pressed the next day. The juice was settled for 3 days in a stainless steel tank before transferring to older oak barrels for inoculation and fermentation. After fermentation, Malolactic fermentation was done, and wine was left on gross lees for a month to add mouthfeel. After racking off gross lees, the wine was transferred back to barrel and was aged for a further 12 months before bottling.
Tasting & Analysis
TASTING NOTES: A very floral nose is accompanied by hints of lime and citrus, very typical of Franschhoek Semillon. The overall creamy mouthfeel due to the time on gross lees and barrel ageing is balanced by a crisp fresh acidity that lingers on the finish.
FOOD ACCOMPANIMENT: 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.
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS: alc. 12.74 % - pH 3.24 Total acid 5.2 g/l Residual Sugar 1.9 g/l
PRODUCTION: 1 278 bottles
WINEMAKER: Marozanne Bieldt