Wine of Origin: Western Cape
Ageing: 15 months in 30% new French, 70% neutral oak
43% Sauvignon Blanc
One of the great marriages in wine must surely be that of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. At their best, wines made from these two grapes offer a thrilling example of texture and aromatics, structure and finesse. After coming across a vineyard of magnificent quality Semillon in Franschhoek, we decided to work on a blended white variant to the Faithful Hound, choosing Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin as the partner variety.
Both parcels of fruit were gently destemmed and crushed, then pressed to roughly 500L/ton in order to recover only the finest juice fraction for the blend. Great quality Semillon has an ability to handle new oak like few other varieties, so this component of the blend was fermented in 30% new French oak 500L barrels, the remaining 70% in neutral 500L barrels.
In order to retain as much of the aromatic intensity of the Sauvignon Blanc component, we opted to ferment all of it in neutral 500L barrels. Neither of the two components were allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation in an effort to preserve the natural acidity and freshness of each vineyard. After a period of 15 months in barrel, the wine was blended and prepared for bottling.
Straw golden with a gentle green hue to it, the wine appears fresh and alive. Aromas of fragrant lime leaves intermingle with ripe quince and a bracing mineral note. Complex flavours marked by pithy grapefruit are balanced by firm texture and fresh acidity, which carries through to the deliciously long finish.