Cape Winemakers Guild Semillon 2013

At l’Agulhas, Africa’s southernmost village, the seas are treacherous and the shores notorious for their shipwrecks. Inland from this dramatic coastline lie the Ghost Corner vineyards, in the Elim ward. Thanks to the strong breezes from the cool Atlantic Ocean, Elim is the coolest wine-producing area in South Africa. This allows David Nieuwoudt to craft wines of great concentration and complexity at Cederberg Private Cellar. The cool maritime climate of Elim expresses elegant aromas of green fig, nettles and dusty dry fynbos with a distinctive minerality. The fermentation in French oak has added complexity and length with smokey bacon nuances. A well-balanced wine with a crisp acidity. Ideal with fresh seafood, or on its own. Best enjoyed 4 – 6 years from vintage.

Alcohol 13.0% vol Sugar 3.10 g/l TA 6.3 g/l pH 3.40

Robert Parker ’14: 90 points – 2013 vintage
Wine Spectator: 92 points – 2011 vintage

Facing: South
Soil types: Bokkeveld slate and gravel
Age of vines: 13 years
Vineyard area: 1.5 ha
Yield per hectare: 8 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: DD 1 on Richter 99
Harvest date: 26 February 2013
Degree balling at harvest: Early morning hand harvested at 23°B
Vinification: Reductive style, cold crush 8°C, skin contact for 8 hours, pressing, only free run juice used, settled for 2 days at 10°C; Fermented for 28 days in stainless steel tank – 50%, 50% fermented in 1st and 2nd fill 300 l French oak barrels for 4 months; Lees contact for 5 months, weekly tank and barrel bâttonage
Optimum drinking time: 3 – 5 years after release.

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