When Stompie called up Vine Street Imports one dreary afternoon in December saying he got a hold of some top notch bush vine Sémillon from granitic soils on Paardeberg Mountain, there was a bit of intrigue. When it was understood that it would retail for $20 it was more of an elated WTF moment! Organically farmed, single vineyard planted in ’97 and dry farmed.
The grapes were handpicked across three pick dates with early picks ensuring good pH and acid and structure coupled with enveloping aromas from the riper batches. The majority of the grapes were whole bunch pressed to stainless steel with 10% being barrel fermented. 20% of the stainless ferments were fermented on skins for two weeks for added texture and character. The wine aged for seven months on the gross lees prior to a careful racking. The wine was bottled without fining nor filtration and bottled with a total SO2 of 34 ppm.