Cape of Good Hope Citrusdal Mountain Laing Semillon 2010 90+ Points
32.00.20.73 S / 18.104.22.168 E - Elevation 522 m
Sourced also within the Citrusdal Mountain district, a single vineyard, bush vines farmed by Henk Laing on Skurfberg mountain on Trekpoort farm, a stretch of land between Lambert's Bay and Clanwilliam.
Same climatic condition as the Chenin provenance, with the vines having reached an average age of 60 years, yielding a minuscule 2.5 to 3 ton / ha, the virus free block shares the particularity of having a mutant clone of Red Semillon, which the winemaking team, headed by Neil Patterson, at Rupert wines have separated and vinified as red Semillon! with less than 100 bottles to show the world!
"Clear, day bright, pale straw with medium concentration, high viscosity, no gas or sediment.
Clean, medium plus to high intensity, ripe citrus medley, tangerine, kumquat, minneolas, intriguing aromatics with delicate mineral frame, brushed of oak, crystalline purity.
Dry, medium plus acidity (around 6.5 TA), medium alcohol (13 ABV), has Semillon phenolic bite, juicy lime, fresh, salty mineral, dense, mineral follows through again, textured mid palate, structured, honeyed / nutty note, spicy light toast farewell, need +/- 2 years to get together.
Classic kind of hand free winemaking, whole bunch pressed, 11 months in 600 L barrels, no malo, reductive style, healthy pH of 3.2, from winter 2013 until 2019+
Served with a pan roasted farm sea bass, crispy skin, sauce Vierge and seasonal vegetables