SOUTH AFRICA

Wildekrans Semillon
2002 Semillon

Viticulture

Vineyard: The vineyards are planted on a south facing slope at the foot of a long valley with cool air cascading down the slopes to provide an extra cool growing area.
Soil Type:
Vine Age: These grapes were selected from a 1.4 hectare block of 4 700 vines planted in 1995.
Irrigation: Drip Method
Harvest Date: 25 February 2002, all our Semillon grapes were early morning hand-harvested and brought into the cellar below 15ºC.
Yield:

Vinification:

The whole bunches were pressed. Fermentation was started in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and transferred to French oak barrels at 12º Balling to finish fermentation. They were barrel-matured for a further three months.
The total production of this wine was seven barrels.

Tasting Notes:

Color:
Nose: This is a full, complex wine with a medley of pineapple, apricot, pear and boiled barley sweet aromas.
Palate: A full palate with lots of character and depth, the finish is strong and lingering.
Other: This is a super cool climate Semillon prototype and will benefit from two to three years maturation in the bottle.

This wine has received many awards:
John Platter Wine Guide - 4 stars
Veritas Awards - Silver
Robert Parker Wine Guide - 79 points
Wine Magazine - Best Value Selection
Swiss Airlines - Silver

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.5
RS (g/l): 1.5
TA (g/l): 6.2
pH: 2.86