Is Franschhoek Semillon some kind of magic ingredient that automatically lifts your white blend from good to great? Chris Alheit’s Cartology has a dash of it as John Seccombe’s Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse.
Clayton Reabow of Franschhoek cellar Môreson has come up with a wine called Knoputibak (“no-putty-back” – get it?) which sees Chardonnay combined with Semillon off vines planted in the 1960s – 91:9 in the case of the maiden vintage 2012.
It’s a smart wine. Matured for 12 months in French oak, the Chardonnay getting 30% new, it shows citrus, peach and hay plus a little yeasty complexity. Good fruit concentration, bright acidity and a pleasantly savoury finish. Great than the sum of its parts as all good blends should be. Price: R125.