A beautiful South African white: Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2013

cape point isliedh

This is a brilliant oak aged Sauvignon/Semillon from Duncan Savage at Cape Point. The blend in 2013 is 82% Sauvignon, 18% Semillon and the grapes were all hand-harvested, whole bunch pressed and then the juice settled for 8 hours. Fermentation was with a mix of cultured and wild yeasts, 95% in barrel (half new) and 5% amphora. The result is a complex, ageworthy white with a tight core of acidity and perfectly integrated oak. It’s already delicious, but I reckon it will peak in five years (making this rating look a little mean) and keep going pretty much for ever.

Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2013 Cape Peninsula, South Africa
So complex and refined with concentrated citrus and pear fruit with smoked lemons, grapefruit, wax and fennel notes. There’s a lovely crystalline quality to the fruit and keen acidity. Such a beautiful, intense white. 93/100

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