Greg Sherwood MW scores Dark Side of the Vine with 95 points

“An educated palate will undoubtedly recognise and enjoy the classism and quality of this very fine Semillon expression.”

The fruit grown on the 116 year old vines in Franschhoek’s Landau du Val vineyard has winemakers figuratively queuing round the block for an allocation with which to craft their interpretation of the cultivar which is rarely seen as a single varietal release outside of South African and Australia.

Despite having what could be the coolest name and label for a wine ever Black Elephant’s Dark Side of the Vine Semillon isn’t just clever marketing. The wine rocketed to notoriety when Christian Eedes bestowed it with a whopping 97 points in its maiden vintage and those who have tasted the recently released 2017 have noted it is at least equal to its predecessor, or possibly even better.

Greg Sherwood MW scored it with 95 points stating “this is undoubtedly an impressive wine fashioned by subtlety and whispered nuances, austere liquid minerality and a slowly evolving textural passion play that eventually seduces the drinker.”

This is a wine every wine enthusiast should try at least once and it was the star of the show in our recent online blind tasting. Yet there were only 2,200 bottles produced in 2017, meaning only a handful of people in the world will ever get the chance to taste it… make sure that you’re one of them.

Black Elephant, Dark Side of the Vine, Semillon, 2017

Click here to read the full review by Greg Sherwood MW