With temperatures averaging 35 – 42 deg C in the Okavango Delta, one is inclined to think that beer and G&T’s are the only way to refresh the palate. Mistake!
The 2008 Simonsig Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a gem of a wine to be enjoyed as an aperitif or with a meal. The 70/30 blend of Sauvignon Blanc Semillon brings a melange of flavours to the palate: tropical fruit, hints of greenpepper with lime and nuttiness. The entry is dry, fruity, with well balanced acidity, characteristic of Sauvignon blanc . The follow through is magnificent – marzipan, almond nuttiness and a creamy, silky after-taste, which is characteristic of Semillon.
The 2008 harvest delivered a smaller, but concentrated crop, hence intense flavours. The Sauvignon Blanc was harvested at 22,5Balling, had a lower pH and was inoculated with Vin 7 yeast. There was no skin contact, thus reducing the possibility of potassium raising the pH of the must. The Semillon brings structure, good mouthfeel and silky textures to this blend.
Of interest is the fact that in the USA, white blends such as this are not promoted in retail outlets. It is a case of either Sauvignon blanc or Semillon, but not both in a blend! So my American visitors and friends, having fallen in love with the wine, will continue to be disappointed!
This wine is available from Simonsig at R27.00 per bottle and is marketed locally as Adelblanc. For further enquiries visit www.simonsig.co.za