#230 Wildberg Coterie Semillon Sauvignon 2020
00:00 – INTRO
01:03 – SOME BACKGROUND ON WILDEBERG WINES
01:50 – THREE REASONS WHY WILDEBERG ARE SO WORTH FOLLOWING RIGHT NOW
03:33 – THE SENSORY MECHANICS OF A SEMILLON / SAUVIGNON BLEND
05:28 – TASTING NOTES FOR THE COTERIE SEMILLON / SAUVIGNON 2020
06:50 – WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT “CONCENTRATION” IN A WINE?
More than just a pretty face
Wildeberg was a brand before it was a wine. The result of some careful marketing from international wine outfit, Boutinot Wines. But don’t let that fool you into thinking that there is no substance behind the well crafted image. These guys are serious about making high quality wines, and in this video, I explore just three of the many reasons why the winemaking team is well worth following closely.
And if you haven’t had the chance to sign up for your own HanDrinksSolo Wine Club Subscription (so that you can taste this wine for yourself), then you’ll have to just settle for reading my tasting notes, and using your imagination 😉
👃🏼On the nose there is such a lovely blend of herbs and fruit and stones and flowers and oak. Upfront hints of rooibos tea, and flint and dusty gravel slowly opens up into some peach fruit, and home made lemonade.
👄 On the palate, this wine starts out super tight, but one thing that no one can argue about is that it is in NO SHORT supply of acid! Woowee! And after you’ve adjusted to that epic laser through the core, you begin to notice that the live wire acid is wrapped in this soft, almost pulpy citrus fruit and waxy lime pith elements (texture that, for the most part comes from the Semillon).
Of course the fact that I opened this yesterday, means today I’m getting these way more extroverted notes of riper citrus, apricot, and very gentle hints of smoky oak and a touch of butterscotch.
Semillon from Franschhoek is barrel fermented in 600 litre French and Austrian oak then aged for 10 months in barrel. Sauvignon Blanc is fermented in stainless steel and kept on the gross lees for 10 months. Semillon is aged in 36% New barrels, 44% 2nd fill, 20% Stainless steel Sauvignon Blanc. Once the blend is decided the wine is allowed to marry in tank for 6 weeks prior to coarse filtration and bottling. The 80% Semillon is aged in 36% New barrels, 44% 2nd fill. 20% Stainless steel Sauvignon Blanc.
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