Ghost Corner Semillon 2014

An aromatic Semillon displaying aromas of green fig, white fruit and nettles characteristic of the cool climate in Elim. A distinct minerality with a slight earthiness on the nose that follows through onto the palate. A small amount of French oak adds a hint of smokiness leading to a creamy palate with a crisp acidity. This wine is especially well suited for strong seafood flavours such as yellowtail, scallops or snoek, as well as lightly smoked meat and rich pork dishes.

Alcohol 13.0% vol Sugar 2.6 g/l TA 6.7 g/l pH 3.37

Tim Atkin ’15: 93 points – 2014 vintage
Decanter World Wine Awards ’15: Silver – 2013 vintage
SA Wine Index Awards ’15: Platinum, Top Semillon
Top 100 SA Wines ’15 – 2013 vintage
Veritas ’14: Double Gold – 2013 vintage
SA Terroir Wine Awards ’14: National winner – 2012 vintage
Tim Atkin ’14: 93 points – 2012 vintage
Top 100 SA Wines ’14 – 2012 vintage
Platter’s SA Wine Guide ’14: 4 stars – 2011 vintage
SA Wine Index Awards ’13: Best in category & Platinum – 2011 vintage

IWSC ’12: Gold Outstanding – 2011 vintage
Top 100 SA Wines ’13 – 2011 vintage
Since the first release the ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11 and ’12 vintages were awarded the Semillon trophy at the annual SA Terroir Wine Awards

Facing: South
Soil types: Bokkeveld Slate, Koffieklip and Gravel
Age of vines: 14 years
Vineyard area: 1.5 ha
Yield per hectare: 5 t/ha
Trellised: Extended 6 wire Perold
Irrigation: Supplementary
Clone: DD1
Harvest date: 4 March 2014
Degree balling at harvest: Early morning hand harvested at 22.5°B
Vinification: Reductive style, cold crush 8°C, Skin contact for 8 hours, Pressing, only free run juice used, settle for 2 days at 10°C; Fermentation for 28 days in stainless steel tank – 70%, 30% fermented in 1st and 2nd fill 225l, French Oak Barrels for 3 months at 12°C with selected yeast strains before blending; 5 months lees contact, weekly tank and barrel bâttonage; Barrel maturation: Medium toast barrels – Allier forests – Burgundy coopers, 225l barrels.
Optimum drinking time: 3 – 5 years after release.

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