Fleur du Cap Semillon Unfiltered 2005

This full-bodied wine is packed with citrus flavours complemented by a buttery and toasty finish. This complex and elegant Semillon has a concentrated palate with heaps of apricot and vanilla oak spice flavours.

This lightly wooded wine is the perfect accompaniment to fish dishes such as trout with almonds, creamy mussels and calamari but goes equally well with traditional chicken pie, a Thai or Malaysian poultry dish, Wiener Schnitzel or veal escalopes.

variety : Semillon [ 100% Semillon ]
winemaker : Kobus Gerber
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.23 % vol  rs : 1.98 g/l  pH : 3.37  ta : 5.88 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Veritas 2006 - Silver
in the vineyard : Terroir
Climate, soil, altitude and slope orientation are selected to capture as much varietal character as possible. The climate is mild with south and east facing slopes offering natural protection against late afternoon sun. Cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean ensure rich, slow ripening crops. The soil is predominantly deep red and well drained with good water holding capacity.

The vineyards (Viticulturist: Bennie Liebenberg)
The Semillon grapes were sourced from vineyards in the Stellenbosch region. All the vines were grafted onto phylloxera-resistant rootstocks and the 5-wire hedge system was used for trellising while supplementary irrigation was given at the varaison. Pest and disease control was implemented according to South African subjective IPW standards.

about the harvest: The grapes were picked by hand at 23º - 24º Balling.

in the cellar : In the cellar, the grapes had no skin contact and were fermented in small oak barrels – 30% in new French oak, 20% in new American oak and 50% of the fermentation took place in third-fill barrels. Bâtonnage took place every second week and the wine was left to mature in wood for 6 months.

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