SOUTH AFRICA | WESTERN CAPE
AVERAGE TEMP: 23°C
RAINFALL: 334 mm
HARVESTING BEGAN: 12/2/2014
HARVESTING ENDED: 12/2/2014
ORIGIN OF FRUIT: Citrusdal Mountain SOIL TYPE: Sand/loam
YIELD: 3 ton/ha
Henk Laing’s farm, Trekpoort, is situated on a stretch of land between Lamberts Bay and Clanwilliam, on the Skurfberg Mountain overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Laing has a deep understanding of this land, the vines, the weather, the animals and fynbos, – having walked these soils during harvest with his father, decades ago. e metre-tall bush vines have survived around 50 years of heat, red sand and a paucity of water and still generate grapes that produce intense, weighty wines with character in spades. e vines, planted in 1956, are planted in red sand on clay, between wheat fields, apricot trees, rooibos tea bushes and fynbos. Its proximity to the ocean, the hot days with cool nights and the age of the bush vines all contribute to ripeness and naturally high acidity.
WINEMAKING: e grapes were taken into the cellar and cooled to below 14 degrees Celsius. Bunches were hand-sorted and whole-bunch pressed. Fermentation took place in stainless steeltanks. After fermentation, the Semillon was aged in very old 600l French oak barrels. Ageing was determined by a taste for optimal balance and at just under 12 months it was removed and bottled.
TASTING NOTES: Grapefruit and lemon rind aromas mingle with nectarine and stonefruit on the nose. Vivacious lemon and grapefruit tang in the mouth, beautifully balanced by rich, creamy oak notes. A lovely broad, textured palate with refreshing acidity and vibrant fruit underpinned by well-judged wood character. A typically waxy note develops with time. Long, lingering finish with hint of honeyed richness.