Producer: A.A. Badenhorst Style: Sweet Wine Grape Type:Semillon Origin: South Africa Region:South Africa
91 Points | International Wine Cellar , September 2010
Deep gold. Superripe, nobly rotten aromas of apricot, peach nectar, honey and white raisin, plus a suggestion of baking spices. Then fat, lush and impressively concentrated, with an almost roasted raisiny ripeness to the fruit salad flavors. This thick, layered dessert wine has the fruit to give immediate appeal, but should hold well in bottle on its sheer sweetness and stuffing. After 18 months of fermenting in cask, this wine finished with just under 8.7% alcohol and 234 g/l 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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