Semillon was historically one of the most important varieties and was widely planted in South Africa. Over time a natural mutation started developing in old vineyards resulting in vines with red/pink pigmented grapes. This is referred to by farmers as Rooi-Groendruif or simply ‘Rooi-Groen’. This once-common sight is now almost forgotten as many old vineyards were uprooted in the past century.
Grapes and Vineyards
From an old 1963 vineyard, plant material was selected of a few vines yearly showing this mutation. Over a 10 year period, this material was propagated and re-selected to be rooted as the first Semillon ‘gris’ vineyards in South Africa and according to research, the world, as it is rarely found anywhere else. Planted on deep loam on the valley floor, this vineyard has access to moisture in the driest of years.
Experimentation is an ongoing exercise to help understand how to emphasise the characteristics of the variety in the best natural way. Since colour and flavour is situated in the skins, fermentations are done with different durations of skin contact. This could vary from a couple of days pre- or during ferment, to 20 days post ferment. The results are analysed, tasted and blended having complex flavours and texture as result. No fining or filtration and low sulphur content.
The wine has pale gold to red copper tones. The nose invites with aromas of wild blossoms, stone fruits and a wet stone-like flintiness. Flavours of peach, nectarine, hottentots fig, persimmon and a touch of ginger fill the textured palate and lingers with soft acidity. Finishing slightly savoury with a light tannin structure. Unique and special.
RS 1.5 g/L
TA 4.9 g/L
Based in upper Siebritskloof in the Swartland region, Jasper started his private label in 2012 and focuses on a Chenin Blanc and a Syrah based blend predominantly. Wines with minimal intervention, showcasing exceptional elegance and structure in each and every sip