YELLOW BATCH
AGE OF THE REBEL Semillon 2019
SMALL BATCH #1000 bottles​ – W.O. FRANSCHHOEK
(Sold per case of 6 bottles)

 

VINEYARDS

Grapes were all handpicked and stored overnight to cool down. These grapes hail from the upper reaches of the Franschhoek valley… the same block as the 2018 vintage, but this year we really had phenolic ripe grapes. You will remember the 2018/2019 Western Cape drought… running out of water! So we had some water, paired with the heat that summer and cool night breezes from the upper slopes of the Franschhoek valley. This block has a lot of shade in the late afternoon and we believe the combination of water, heat, and night cooling effect, gave us this super phenolic ripe grapes.

 

WINEMAKER NOTES

There are NOT a lot of times I am dumbfounded, but this is one of those vintages. If you ask me what kind of white I like… this is it! Everything about this wine turned out to be perfect. The mouthfeel, the concentrated ripe apricot, the zesty acidity, leaving your mouth watering and the seducing sweet honeysuckle afterthought, like a whisper in the wind. The stuff of legends, I say! I will try and drink as many bottles myself and maybe spare you some…

 

 

WINEMAKING

This year we kicked the all reductive out the cellar and went for more effective grape sorting before whole bunch pressing. There were some botrytis bunches in the mix, which we let go through, to give you that slight sweet sensation. Pressing was one of the key turning points in the vintage. Low, but looonnnggg pressing cycles (the ones you do when pressing for noble late harvest), to get the last drop of sticky, sweet botrytis infused juice out of the bunches. We gave it some air, to oxidize all the “bad stuff” out of the juice, before racking and starting with fermentation. Aged and fermented in 300L 2nd fill French Oak barrels with fine lees contact for 14 months, resulted in the extremely structured monster of a wine.

 

TASTING VS DRINKING NOTE

Orange-ripe apricot and honeycomb aromas with a massive vanilla pod curtain-raiser. The mouth is like melted lemon-butter and creeps into every part of your mouth. A total mouthwatering tongue orgasm with a morish quaffable aftertaste. This is (with maybe the Elgin Sauv Blanc), my best white wine I have ever had the privilege to put in the bottle for your and my enjoyment.