One of the key heritage varietals in South Africa is Semillon, a grape variety that the modern wine industry was practically built on, but which now finds itself as a small presence in the viticultural landscape here. There are still a number of incredible, old Semillon vineyards in existence and we have been fortunate enough to work with some of them.
Nuts and bolts
Semillon blanc and gris – Swartland 56 year old vineyard on alluvial soil
Alcohol – 13.43% Residual sugar – 1.18 g/L Total acidity – 5.05 g/L pH 3.39
About the wine
Paper Kite is our expression of old vine South African Semillon, and it is sourced from a 56 year-old vineyard in Swartland. These old clones of Semillon (including a tiny amount of Semillon gris dotted about the vineyards) deliver an expression of Semillon that is very much at odds with the modern, aromatic clones. The wines they produce are hauntingly beautiful and difficult to define.
The wine is rich, textured and complex, with aromas of soft dry grass, jasmine and quince. The palate shows a saline minerality with flavours of barley and persimmon. The length of the wine is testament to the great age of the vines.