Producer: A.A. Badenhorst Style: Sweet Wine Grape Type:Semillon Origin: South Africa Region:South Africa
92 Points | International Wine Cellar , September 2009
(offered in 375 ml. bottles) Good deep gold. Knockout nose combines peach, tangerine, orange, clove and flowers, with distinct red berry hints and some honeyed high tones. Densely packed and very sweet but youthfully tight, with a high pitch and energetic acidity serving to intensify the very pure flavors of candied fruits and clove. This boasts terrific lift for a wine with just over 200 grams per liter of residual sugar.
South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting... Read More »
Semillon is a paradoxical grape, as much of its appeal stems from its susceptibility to rot. Sure, the idea of rot may conjure up nasty images, but in winemaking, rot isn't necessarily a negative. Grapes can be affected by two types of rot: grey rot and noble rot, also known as Botrytis. While the former is a destructive force, diminishing yields and making wines taste... Read More »
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