ah Semillon 2001
“Although the Semillon was beautiful it was overshadowed by the excitement and joy of the birth of our gorgeous son Rourke. We pulled out the Chardonnay vineyards and replaced with Shiraz. We changed our winning recipe and added a touch of Semillon to the Sauvignon Blanc to make it even better. American Oak was banned forever on Nitida.”
Memories of an “orchard in blossom” or “the highveld after a rainstorm”. A “creamy, sweetish” start in the mouth broadens into lovely, “long citrus” with “lemon”, “peaches and pineapple”. There’s a “basket full of herbs” and “spicy” rather than vanilla wood. A full bodied wine which “stays lively” and crisp with a firm“tx..uk” at the finish. Begs for smoked crocodile.
Our first attempt at making a semillon. All the grapes are off Nitida vineyards so the wine is made from only the exclusive GD1 clone, which bears beautiful fruit flavours and is set to re-invent this cultivar in SA Made reductively as for sauvignon blanc, but with 65% of wine on new wood for 2 months under controlled cool temperatures of below 14 degrees C. 15% Sauvignon blanc for crispness and acid to liven the palate.