Stellenzicht Semillon Reserve 2009
By Christian Eedes, 17 August 2014
At a lunch hosted by Stellenzicht on Friday, a chance to re-visit the Semillon Reserve 2009 (R100 a bottle). It showed form early on – I nominated this for 5 Stars in the 2012 edition of Platter’s but it ended up on 4½ Stars after it wasn’t endorsed by my colleagues – and I’m happy to say it’s still looking terrific.
Primary fermentation was begun in tank and finished in barrel, a combination of 50% new and 50% second-fill 500-litre French and Hungarian oak, partial malolactic, and then maturation lasting five months in barrel and a further four in tank.
It’s pretty much how I remembered it. Complex, rich and full with notes of citrus, cut apple, honey and an intriguing sort of white pepper note on the finish.
Whereas so many of the wines in the Le Bonheur-Uitkyk-Stellenzicht-Alto-Neethlingshof nexus are safe to a fault, this has real personality. Winemaker Guy Webber informs me, however, that the powers that be at Distell have decided to discontinue it. It was no doubt a difficult sell but it would’ve been nice to see a bit more mettle from the producer-wholesaler…