Chrome Yellow Semillon

Region: W.O. Coastal Region
Vintage: 2017
ABV%: 13% 
Pack Size:
6 x 75cl
Closure Type: Screwcap
Grape Variety: Semillon 100% 

Food Match:
Cape Malay curry, red snapper curry, ceviche, tuna carpaccio

At the same time South Africans were planting Semillon in the 1930s and 40s, our European cousins were embarking on an artistic revolution with the birth of post-modernist art and literature, as exemplified by the very linear Bauhaus school of architecture and the angst-soaked industrialist works of Aldous Huxley…a brave new world indeed. The name of this wine was inspired by this period into which this wine's vines were born.

Tasting Note:
Here is a wine that is the distillation of ancient Semillon planted in Franschhoek in the 1930s and 40s. All the texture, power and detail is purely an expression of this unique place. Whilst the palate is immediately super bright, shiny even, and with the classically brittle nature of finely defined Semillon, there is a generosity of body and structure beneath. Like a lick of liquid lightening, this wine will delight the palate and defibrillate the soul with its pithy, citrus appeal, bright acid and sandy texture.


The winemakers' notes:


“When people talk about South African Semillon, the name Franschhoek will often come up. That’s because, thanks to the French Huguenots who planted this variety in the alluvial soils of this valley back in the early 1900s, it’s a cultivar that has been thriving here ever since. 

The Chrome Yellow Semillon is from two blocks on the same farm planted in the 1930s and 1940s. These scrubby, gnarled and well-weathered old bush vines planted on poor soils is the reason why this wine has so much complexity, concentration and texture. After careful harvesting, sorting and grape selection, this 100% Semillon wine was naturally fermented, 20% in old French barrels and the rest in stainless steel tank to capture the freshness and fabulousness. Unlike most other Semillons from this area, we decided to keep this wine unfiltered so that it remains pure and bright. Despite its Franschhoek heritage, it is registered as W.O. Coastal Region.