Semillon Straw Wine 2014
From: At Devon Crest Vineyard just outside Stellenbosch, Meinert Wines are made in a personalised range, in limited volumes. Each wine takes its journey from vine to barrel with much science, care and creativity to ensure uniqueness and individual character.
Vineyards: In 2008 we planted our only white grape vineyard on Devon Crest, 3459 Semillon vines. In 2014 these yielded 1839 kg of vine-dried grapes or about ½ kg per vine – a huge crop considering we got only 444 kg in 2013.
Grapes: 100% Semillon
Winemaking: When the grapes were ripe, at around 23ºBalling, we pinched every bunch stalk using long-nose pliers to stop sap flow to the berries. The bunches hung on the vines a further 6 weeks to desiccate and concentrate and were picked on 31 March. Whole bunch pressed slowly but at high pressure, juice returned to berries to soak and dissolve crystallised sugar, pressed again the next day. Natural fermentation in four barrels, 50% new. Bottled on 16 July 2015.
Alcohol 11.26 vol%
Residual sugar 156.3 g/l
Total acidity 8.1 g/l
Comments: Fresh straw gold colour, enticing whiffs of honey, pineapple and pear. The secret of sweet wines is matching the sugar and acid so that the wine is not cloying; this one leaves a mouth-coating sweet tangy orange marmalade residue after swallowing. It is a perfect match for apple tarte tartin, crème brûlée or any such dessert, and of course rich duck liver pate or foie gras. Should age 10 years and more. Production: 2143 bottles of 375ml, 100 bottles of 750ml.