“Serious and rather grand, now even more focused with less oak (7 months, seasoned). Lanolin aromas mingle with wood vanilla, measured mouthful briefly upset by pushy 14.5% alc. Like toasty 2005, needing yr/2 to harmonise,” was the tasting note provided for Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2006 provided in the 2008 edition of Platter’s along with a rating of 4½ Stars.
Last night, the wine did indeed appear to have “harmonised”. On the nose, no overt vanilla but an attractive thatch aroma as well as those savoury notes that bottle age imparts while the palate was remarkably together – juicy fruit, bright acidity, thick in texture but not excessively so. A particularly wide spectrum of flavours including lemon, green melon, honey and a hint of paprika had me returning to the glass again and again. Alcohol didn’t appear to be too much of a problem although the wine did finish a tiny bit short and grapes picked slightly earlier might have contributed more length. Score: 17/10 (and proof, once again, that SA’s top whites have real staying power).