Yardstick, Raised by Wolves La Colline Sémillon Gris 750ml 2018South Africa, Franschhoek
'If Sauvignon Blanc is "easy to sell but boring to make", as Adam Mason puts it, then Semillon is arguably the opposite. This comes from selected Semillon Gris grapes in Anton Roux's legendary Franschhoek vineyard and is made with carbonic maceration, showing some pink colour. Effortlessly complex, with savoury grip and rose petal and talcum powder notes. Intriguing stuff. Drink 2019-26.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 94/100
'As sibling, from venerable Franschhoek vines, but copper-hued ‘gris’ much rarer, possibly red semillon mutation. Carbonic maceration & oaking, trim 2018 hard to pin down: subtle red berries, leafy, but also mineral. Intriguing, individual.' – Platter's Guide, 4* (88/100)
About Yardstick, Raised by Wolves:
Raised by Wolves is the brainchild of winemaking legend Adam Mason of Mulderbosch Vineyards. The name is a parody of the constant one-upmanship of winemakers: "My wine is a single vineyard." ... "Yeah, well my wine is naturally fermented." ... "Oh yeah, well my wine is hand sorted by berry." And Adam's response: "Well my wines are all of the above, and I was raised by wolves." Raised by Wolves has flown somewhat under the radar and offers comparatively excellent value. The wines are all vinified with minimalistic intervention to allow the true character of the varietal and the site-specific terroir to shine through.
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