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Black Elephant Vintners, The Dark Side of the Vine Semillon 2016
This Semillon leans more towards fruit and flesh and less towards spice and herbal complexity. The wine displays a wonderfully intense aromatic nose with sensational lemon and lime zest and perfume. It unfurls wave upon wave of lemon confit, fresh peach juice, dried herbs, crushed walnut, nutmeg, tangerine peel, wet stones and dry thatch nuances. The palate is beautifully full and fleshy, almost unctuous but framed with the most delicious piercing, mouth-watering acidity. Super concentrated and broad but profoundly sensual and textural, the wine finishes with pure white citrus, black currant leaf and yellow tropical fruit candy notes. A joy to taste a wine that really does full justice to these centenary old vines from this famous vineyard in Franschhoek. Drink now or age for 8 to 10+ years. - Greg Sherwood MW 97/100
All our fruit is handpicked and chilled in our cold room overnight. The following day the grapes were destemmed without crushing the berries and left to macerate on the skins for 24 hours before pressing. The pressed juice was allowed to settle, in tank, overnight and the clear juice transferred to old French oak barrels for fermentation. The juice fermented naturally for 6 weeks at temperatures of 18-24°C. After fermentation we did batonnage once a week to add richness to the wine. SO2 was added just before spring and the wine spent 12 months in barrel before bottling.