Môreson Knoputibak 2012
By Christian Eedes, 30 October 2014
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.