Black Elephant Vintners

Dark Side of the Vine Semillon 2015

£60.00
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  • Dark Side of the Vine Semillon 2015

Black Elephant Vintners

Dark Side of the Vine Semillon 2015

£60.00
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Black Elephant Vintners is a small wine producer started only a few years ago by Kevin Swart ("black") and Raymond Ndlovu ("elephant"), along with winemaker Jacques Wentzel, in the heart of the sublime Franschhoek valley.
This is a truly remarkable wine, the Semillon grapes sourced from probably South Africa's oldest white wine vineyard, planted in 1905 in the valley's secluded Bo-Hoek area. Harvested by hand in February 2015, the wine had a full 24 hours of skin contact before natural fermentation for 6 weeks in two old French oak barrels. Batonnage once a week added richness. Minimal added sulphur at this point, then another year in barrel before bottling without fining or filtration.
Wow. This is a textured, aromatic, lengthy joy to behold. Herbs, citrus, some reduction fully on the right side of pleasurable. To taste it's pure and lively, the mouthfeel monumental. No wonder it's viewed as one of the most exciting releases in recent years. Just 1,100 bottles produced.
"The aromatics are stunning with notes of hay, fynbos, blackcurrant, white peach, yellow apple and naartjie plus vanilla and spice while the palate shows fantastic concentration, fantastic composure and fantastic length. It’s one of the most exciting wines of the year." - Christian Eedes, 97 points, winemag.co.za
"This is textured, fine and expressive with lemons, minerals, herbs and lovely pure fruit. It’s expressive, pure and mineral with real finesse, and huge potential for development. This once again demonstrates the potential for Semillon in the Western Cape." - Jamie Goode, 93 points, Wine Anorak
 

 Origin

Franschhoek | SOUTH AFRICA

Grapes
Semillon

7 bottle(s) available for next day delivery*

*If you need a bigger quantity and can wait a little bit longer please contact us and we shall do our utmost to squirrel out some extra bottles for you as soon as we can.