Monday, May 21, 2012

KWV The Mentors Western Cape Semillon 2011 93 Points

Clear, day bright, pale green, medium concentration, medium plus viscosity.

Clean, pungent green lime, Thai lime leaf, Granny smith apples, green custard apple, bursting with sandy minerals, brush of oak, delicate orange blossom complexity, impressive purity, complex and layered.

Dry, firm, high acidity, linear profile, medium plus alcohol (13.5%) crunchy green custard apple, minerals follows through, spicy, powerful mid palate, brush of honey, need time to reveal full potential, racy profile, so much energy, seamless purity, long lenght and persistent complexity.

High proportion of the Semillon come a sea facing, 300 metres altitude vineyard in Vredendal ward, part of Olifants River Valley District and the other sourced was from a Stellenbosch vineyards, with a yield of 8.5 t/ha, harvested in March.

Only 30% of the blend was in 500L, 2nd and 3rd fill barrels for only 6 weeks, with a total production of 2500 bottles.

With a pH of 3.03 and an acidity of 6.47, best revisited around spring 2015, but will be better from 2022+ until 2030, if cellared properly.