This is an important wine, because of the vineyard that it is made from (pictured above). It’s a very old (1905) Semillon vineyard in Franschhoek owned by Basil Landau. Basil makes a wine from these vines, which are now over 100 years ol , called Landau du Val, but he is also selling some of these precious grapes, and for the first time Jacques Wentzel, the talented winemaker at newcomer Black Elephant Vintners, has some. This is their debut vintage with this wine, and it is really good, with lots of potential for further development.
Black Elephant Vintners Semillon 2015 Franschhoek, South Africa
This is the first vintage that Jacques Wentzel has made from Basil Landau’s famous old Semillon block, which is over 100 years old. And he’s done a great job. This is textured, fine and expressive with lemons, minerals, herbs and lovely pure fruit. It’s expressive, pure and mineral with real finesse, and huge potential for development. This once again demonstrates the potential for Semillon in the Western Cape. 93/100
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