“I know that I know nothing” goes the Socratic Paradox and nothing confirms that better than a life spent critiquing wine. No sooner had I professed that Semillon presents better when blended with Sauvignon Blanc (see here), then I encountered a really captivating single-variety example.
The wine in question? The 2008 under the David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner label. From Elim grapes, 30% was fermented and matured for four months in 300-litre, French oak barrels. My anxiety prior to opening it was that it would show an excessive pyrazine character but while there was some of this, it seemed integral to the wine – some gravel road dustiness and fynbos on the nose, a little paprika bite on the finish. Lots of pure fruit (predominantly green pepper and green plum), bright acidity and the astute use of oak lending some weight, the time on lees some secondary character. Delicious. Score: 17/20.