Wine: The Dark Side of The Vine Semillon 2017 Wine of Origin: 100% Franschhoek Bottling date: March 2018 Production: 1200 x 750ml Technical Analysis: Alcohol Extract Ph TA VA FSO2 TSO2 RS 13.13%vol. 19.6g/l 3.41 5.60g/l 0.47g/l 32mg/l 97mg/ 2.30g/l Source of Grapes: The fruit for our 2017 The Dark Side of The Vine Semillon was selected from a single vineyard planted in 1905 and growing in the Bo-Hoek area of the Franschhoek valley. Harvest dates: February 2017 Winemaking: All our fruit is handpicked and chilled in our cold room overnight. The following day the grapes were destemmed without crushing the berries and left to macerate on the skins for 24 hours before pressing. The pressed juice was allowed to settle, in tank, overnight and the clear juice transferred to old French oak barrels for fermentation. The juice fermented naturally for 6 weeks at temperatures of 18-24°C. After fermentation we did batonnage once a week to add richness to the wine. SO2 was added just before spring and the wine spent 12 months in barrel before bottling. Maturation: The wine was matured for 12 months in two old 500L French oak barrels. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration, sedimentation may occur. Tasting note: The 2017 Semillon leans more towards fruit and flesh and less towards spice and herbal complexity like the 2015 vintage. The wine displays a wonderfully intense aromatic nose with sensational lemon and lime zest and perfume. It unfurls wave upon wave of lemon confit, fresh peach juice, dried herbs, crushed walnut, nutmeg, tangerine peel, wet stones and dry thatch nuances. The palate is beautifully full and fleshy, almost unctuous but framed with the most delicious piercing, mouth- watering acidity. Super concentrated and broad but profoundly sensual and textural, the wine finishes with pure white citrus, black currant leaf and yellow tropical fruit candy notes. Drink now or age for 8 to 10+ years. (Tasting note via Greg Sherwood MW www.gregsherwood.com) CHEERS!
Black Elephant Dark Side Of Vine
R285.00 – R1,710.00
This vine was born in 1905. It has seen it all, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Through droughts, floods and conflict it has stuck to its task of producing great grapes to make great wine. Years of production have taught it when to up production and when to hold back. We think Semillon is a red grape dressed up in white wine clothing, it even produces a handful of red grapes on each vine, and should be treated as such. This is not a wine for quaffing and wasting on your closest 100 friends. No this is for small groups of like minded people with an unbridled passion for wine. Best paired with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Ennio Morricone