Fleur du Cap Semillon Unfiltered 2003

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2004 - Commended
Michelangelo Awards 2005 - Silver Medal
Veritas 2005 - Gold
“On the nose the wine is packed with rich layers of tropical fruit with distinctive citrus flavours and green pepper. This is a concentrated full-bodied wine with melon and vanilla oak flavours on the palate,” says winemaker Kobus Gerber.


variety : Semillon [ 100% Sémillon ]
winemaker : Kobus Gerber
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.14 % vol  rs : 2.71 g/l  pH : 3.22  ta : 7.04 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2004 - Commended
Michelangelo Awards 2005 - Silver Medal
Veritas 2005 - Gold
in the vineyard : Made from superior grapes meticulously selected from prized vineyard blocks in the Cape Coastal region, Fleur du Cap Unfiltered wines are shaped in perfect harmony with nature. Handpicked in the vineyard and handcrafted in the cellar, these new generation wines capture the highly sought-after qualities of varietal character and terroir. Sedimentation, racking and fining as opposed to filtration maximise the preservation of colour and flavour elements resulting in wines that abound with fruit and flavour.

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-resitant 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 - 24.5º 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, 10% in new American oak and 60% 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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