2018 Benguela Cove Catalina Semillon
- South Africa
- Walker Bay
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
Still as ethereal as its maiden predecessor, the 2018 vintage is slightly more austere. Combined with its youthful character that adds a herbal note, the wine has a lot of tension that needs time to evolve. A beautiful complexity is met with aromas of crunchy green apple, sweet pea, lime blossom, green plum and a hint of lanolin. Balanced and with exceptional length and fruit intensity, the bright acidity and saline aftertaste tastes the final bow.
- Winemaking Notes
Grapes were hand-picked in the cool morning and sorted at the cellar. Destemming and crushing was followed by two hours of skin contact. The juice was settled for 48 hours, racked and inoculated with a selected yeast strain. An 80% portion of the wine was barrel fermented and matured for nine months to add texture and complexity. The remaining component was fermented in tank at low temperatures to allow for maximum fruit and varietal expression.
Oak maturation: 9 months, 50% new 500L French oak | Production: 3 barrels
Ageing potential: up to 12 years from vintage
This wine is only sold in allocations of 3 bottles
- Growing Conditions
Only being the second release, the wine made from this single vineyard semillon has taken the world by storm. It is made from a 0.9 hectare single vineyard that performs extremely well every year and that communicates the purity of fruit and the longevity of the wine it produces.
This vineyard’s location and the diurnal temperature range has a profound impact on the varietal definition and style, with meticulous canopy management setting it up for continuous success.
Slope: south-east facing vineyards | Soil: Clay & shale | Clones: GD1
- Food Pairing
Serving temp: 10 - 12
Cellaring potential: Up to 10 years from vintage and beyond if cellared correctly. The zippy acidity invites chevin and rich sauces, or the saline opposite of fresh shellfish.