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Force Celeste - Semillon

Force Celeste - Semillon

Region: Swartland
Varietal: 100% Sémillon
Vintage: 2017
Vineyard: Single Site on Paardeberg Mountain
Vine Age: 20 years old
Yield: 3.1 tons per acre
Soil Type: Decomposed Granite
TA: 5.1 g/L
pH: 3.64
Residual Sugar: 2.1 g/L
Alcohol: 11%
Brix: 19º-23.5º
Skin Contact: 20% whole bunch on skins for two weeks
Oak: 7 onths: 90% stainless steel - 10% neutral french 300L tonneau
Production: 588 cases

The grapes were handpicked across three pick dates with early picks ensuring good pH and acid and structure coupled with enveloping aromas from the riper batches. The majority of the grapes were whole bunch pressed to stainless steel with 10% being barrel fermented. 20% of the stainless ferments were fermented on skins for two weeks for added texture and character. The wine aged for seven months on the gross lees prior to a careful racking. The wine was bottled without fining nor filtration and bottled with a total SO2 of 34 ppm.

Hazy yellow. A bit of reduction blows off with just a few swirls in the glass or the bottle being opened for a bit. Aromas of fresh grass, green melon, and yellow nectarines burst from the glass with subtle notes of cucumber water, honeycomb and a ginger mojito evolving with time. The palate brings a macadamia nut oil profile with intense texture and grip. There is a good bit of acid initially that dissipates leaving a long, persistent and round finish.