'Weird Bird' Semillon
We made this wine in collaboration with William Everson, winemaker and master cider maker based in Elgin. This is an orange wine and an expression of semillon seldom seen in South Africa.
Hand picked from a single vineyard in the cool climate Elgin valley, the fruit was placed in small crates before being destemmed, naturally fermented on the skins for eight days and aged in neutral oak for 10 months. Minimal sulphur was used and no enzymes added. The wine was neither fined nor filtered.
A total of 350 bottles were produced. Quantities are limited and orders are capped at 6 bottles per person.
We've tasted the wine regularly since bottling in March 2021, and while it has rounded off a bit there's an underripe tropical fruitiness (think litchi) as well as a green jalapeño spiciness going on that keeps the palate really lively - with the skin texture adding to the perception of acid. The alcohol is nice and low at 11.7%. Some traces of a honey/hay note creeping in but still very much in the background. Showing well now but will only deepen with time - as is often the case with semillon - MF.
What is orange wine?
AKA 'skin contact' wine, orange wine is skin macerated white wine. Instead of tossing the white grape skins away and fermenting the juice alone, a winemakers will choose to ferment their white wine juice along with their skins, allowing the wine to extract colour, texture and flavour from them. Think of orange wine as white wine made like red wine.