Wine of Origin: Western Cape
Ageing: 60% of the Semillon was fermented in new 500L barrels, the remainder in neutral 500L barrels. All the Sauvignon Blanc was fermented in neutral 500L barrels of varying age. Once the blend was assembled, it was further aged in only neutral 500L barrels for roughly 4 months prior to bottling.
62% Semillon (Franschhoek Origin)
28% Sauvignon Blanc (Elgin, Darling and Stellenbosch Origin)
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, Darling and Stellenbosch as the partner variety.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed, lightly racked then transferred to a selection of new and used, neutral oak barrels for fermentation. After roughly 10 months maturing on lees, the components were racked, assembled and returned to neutral oak for a further period of maturation. Total time in barrel amounted to 14 months. Partial malolactic fermentation took place spontaneously during the maturation phase, and was eventually blocked by the racking and sulphuring of the wine prior to bottling.
Lively pale green with a straw-like hue. Subtle floral aromas and delicate citrus notes flow from the glass. The nose is vivacious and light, yet has a certain restraint to it.
The full bodied, waxy Semillon core of this wine is highlighted by zesty Sauvignon Blanc flavours that fill and uplift the palate. Whilst not obvious, the oak contribution provides a biscuity, fine texture, and ensures the finish is both lasting and ever so slightly savoury.