Haut Espoir,

Semillon

Semillon,
Coastal Region,South Africa,
2016
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    £25.49

    Bottle size: 750 ml,

    In stock

    HAUT ESPOIR IS A BOUTIQUE WINE ESTATE AND CELLAR IN FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA.
    Developed and run by the Armstrong Family since 1999, we produce distinctive, handcrafted wines in harmony with nature. The literal translation of Haut Espoir is ‘High Hope’.

    We are custodians of a 23 hectare property, of which 8 hectares are planted with shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc. The remainder of the land is dedicated to fynbos restoration, a riverine ecosystem, olive groves and a vegetable and herb garden.

    Category: SKU: f516dfb84b90
    In The Cellar
    After de-stemming, the grapes underwent overnight skin contact and were pressed the next day. The juice was settled in stainless steel tank for 2 days before racking to older 225L barrels for fermentation, 2% lees was added to the barrels with transfer. After fermentation, Malolactic fermentation was done, and wine was left on gross lees for a month to add mouthfeel. After racking off gross lees, the wine matured a further 11 months in barrel before bottling.

    In The Vineyard
    SOURCE: This 2018 Semillon was produced from single vineyard vines sourced from a neighboring farm in the Franschhoek valley. WEATHER: Prior to ripening, the conditions were hot and very dry. HARVESTING: The grapes were hand harvested in the coolness of early morning on the 15th of February, then transported back to the cellar under cold conditions to retain freshness.
    This crisp and dry Semillon, which at only 12.5% abv, demonstrates that high alcohol is not a requirement for New World wines to show complexity and depth. Flavours and aromas of Fynbos develop into lanolin and honeycomb on the persistent and finessed finish. It has a great deal of ageing potential as well, which we can testify to having recently tried the 2006 vintage, which is aided by 17% of the wine being aged in Hungarian and French Oak.
    Alcohol:12.55
    Sugar:1.5