Serious Sémillon Mixed Case
A very limited mixed case consisting of three of the most sought after, limited release, minimal intervention mind-blowing Sems produced anywhere in SA!
Naudés Family Wines Old Vine Semillon 2016
Produced from two parcels, one in Stellenbosch and another in Durbanville, its exact locations shrouded in secrecy and guarded under pain of death. But, reliably confirmed as being approximately 35 and 55 years old respectively.
The grapes were handpicked before being cold stabilised, each parcel kept separate and whole bunch pressed straight into 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill 500L French oak barrels. Spontaneously fermented under feral yeast and left on the leas as long as possible with weekly batonnage for total barrel ageing of between 12 and 14 months before final blending.
The resulting wine is pale lemon in colour with primary aromas of orange blossom and peach with ripe fleshy yellow apples, pears and lemon zest. A seamlessly integrated backdrop of oak and toast. With a complex bouquet of tertiary notes including leather, forest floor, roasted nuts and wood polish.
The palate is dry, linear, remarkably tight for its age with flavours that carry through perfectly from the nose, complemented by black olives, hay, oats and burnt toast and a long chewy finish of beeswax, dubbin and honey.
This is a remarkably good wine, superlative, outstanding. It is drinking perfectly now but will continue to evolve with upwards of a decade of careful cellaring.
Enjoy with mature soft white rind cheeses or with lighter styles white meat dishes like grilled chicken and parmesan veloute. Serve in a medium-sized tulip-shaped Sancerre style glass, cold but not ice-cold, and ideally decant at least 30 min beforehand.
Sam Lambson’s Minimalist Wines Experimental Blanc 2020
As the name suggests this wine is a once-off, an experiment if you will, Sam’s opportunity to play around with new vineyards to see if they fit the bill for more long term projects.
The wine is produced from a small block of Semillon on the far side of the Elgin valley. Whole bunch pressed into old 225L French oak barrels where it underwent spontaneous fermentation and was left on the lease with no batanage, rolling or stirring for nine months before being racked, lightly filtered and bottled.
The wine is pale lemon in colour with contrasting aromas of gooseberry, yellow apple, pineapple juice, lemon, fynbos and lemongrass.
The palate is dry, light yet simultaneously fleshy and waxy with flavours of yellow fruit, dried herbs and white flowers that end in a long satisfying finish of perfume and lemon rind.
This is a very good wine and a hell of a lot of bang for your buck. It’s drinking beautifully now but will benefit from upwards of five years of careful cellaring.
Serve cold, in a medium tulip-shaped glass, with delicate fruit-based dishes like a Waldorf salad.
The Vineyard Party I’m Your Huckleberry Semillon 2018
The phrase, “I’m your Huckleberry” originated from the old western Tombstone and signifies the acceptance of a challenge. It’s basically a conversation between the winemaker, Jollette Steyn and Sémillon saying; Let’s do this!
Produced from a small parcel of sustainably farmed grapes on the slopes of the Helderberg the wine is whole-bunch pressed into and spontaneously fermented in older barrels. With a portion fermented on the skins in open-top tanks for 15 days.
Deep amber in colour with primary aromas of cut grass, lime, green apple and dried apricot before giving away to a cornucopia of tertiary charter including toasted nuts, honey, dried and dried orange peel.
The palate is both light and rich, beautifully textured, with the finest integrated tannin and a long chalky slightly saline finish.
This is a very good wine that can be drunk now but will continue to evolve with upwards of three years of careful cellaring.
Serve chilled, in a Burgundy glass, with rich white meat dishes like smoked chicken and mushroom pie.