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Landau du Val Semillon 2014

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Landau du Val Semillon 2014
Heritage project.

Old-vine Semillon from Franschhoek really is something special – think Boekenhoutskloof, Alheit La Colline and, of course, Landau du Val, the 2014 vintage from the latter launched yesterday.

From a block certified as having been planted in 1905, it was made by Wynand Grobler of Rickety Bridge, who tells of a particularly adventurous approach to this vintage – 10% of the final wine derived from one 500-litre barrel fermented whole bunch and left on the skins for six months, maturation lasting 12 months in total.

The nose shows hay, peach and apple, citrus peel, a slight nuttiness and a touch of spice. The palate is rich and full with nicely coated acidity and a gently savoury finish – a good core of fruit to go with intriguing oxidative character. Approximate retail price: R350 a bottle.

Editor’s rating: 92/100.

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  1. Well, add Thorne and Daughters Paper Kite, Shannon, Black Elephant The Dark Side of the Vine, David & Nadia Siebritskloof, Mullineux CWG The Gris, KWV The Mentors a few of the Constantia gems and a few others to make up a dozen or so excellent semillons for a proper blind tasting. The scores from such a tasting would be very interesting indeed, partly because some labels rocks a cooler vibe than others when tasted sighted.

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