Minimalist Wines Experimental Blanc Sémillon 2020 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Elgin
R190
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(Only 8 left)
'Just over 1,000 bottles of this experimental Sémillon from the GD 1 clone were produced. Lovely lemon and lime citrus with white fruit purity gets support acts of nettle, fynbos and curry leaf spice. The palate is elegant with good textures and a lingering long and precise finish, drawing fruit, acidity and tannic grip to a pointed close. A portion skin contact adds a nice gravitas to the end. Delicious now but will reward cellaring. Impressively pure, this is a once off small batch from interesting vineyards of the Cape. This one from Elgin.' – James Pietersen (Jun 2021)

Winemaker's notes:
'After the success of our 2019 EXPERIMENTAL Riesling (W.O. Elgin), we returned to this beautiful valley for more experimentation in 2020. Sometimes we look for the vineyards and sometimes the vineyards find us and it was an added attraction to discover that this vine comes from the Groen Druif (Green Grape) 1 clone (GD1) which pays homage to South Africa’s long history with Semillon. Though, unlike the typically sticky sweet wines of yesteryear, this wine is bone dry.

Here the longer hang time in Elgin’s cool climate has allowed for better development of Semillon’s typically intensely aromatic passionfruit/gooseberry characteristics, accompanied by its waxy aroma. It has fantastic acidity and structure but, for me, the real intrigue comes from its herbal, lemongrass, nettle edge.' – Sam Lambson
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Sam Lambson
Alcohol 13%
Body Light-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Sémillon
Producer information At just 21 years old, Sam Lambson’s passion for wine has led him to create Minimalist Wines. A label that allows him to bottle the vineyards that speak to him, in a minimal-intervention approach. He is studying a BSc Oenology degree at the University of Stellenbosch and has already worked with some big names in the industry including working harvests under Lukas van Loggerenberg, Chris Alheit and Carl van de Merwe of De Morgenzon. He is captivated by flavours and fragrances and enjoys experimenting with different varietals and techniques.
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