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Ghost Corner, Wild Ferment Semillon 2018

Ghost Corner, Wild Ferment Semillon 2018

These wines are made by David Nieuwoudt, who took over the amazing Cederberg estate from his father in 1997. The vineyards here are 1100-1150 metres up in the Cederberg mountains. Good natural rainfall, around 550-600mm, cool temperatures... Read More

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ColourWhite

RegionElim

GrowerCederberg

Grape VarietySemillon

Vintage2018

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeGHO418

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Cederberg

South Africa

The redoubtable David Nieuwoudt took over the Cederberg estate from his father in 1997.

We first visited David in 2003, when he was in the midst of his planting programme, and have worked with him ever since then.

The Cederberg vineyards here are 1100-1150 metres up in the Cederberg mountains, most of them on dramatic shale slopes. Good natural rainfall,...

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Semillon

Origins      

  • Bordeaux region

Characteristics   

  • Not strong flavour - pears? - but good weight
  • Can be very high-yielding (and therefore flavourless)
  • Affinity for oak
  • Thin-skinned: so vulnerable to rot (see below)
  • Often blended, with Sauvignon Blanc or...
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Ghost Corner, Wild Ferment Semillon 2018

These wines are made by David Nieuwoudt, who took over the amazing Cederberg estate from his father in 1997. The vineyards here are 1100-1150 metres up in the Cederberg mountains. Good natural rainfall, around 550-600mm, cool temperatures (occasionally snow-showers in winter), with plenty of wind, mean that Cederberg enjoys a near perfect climate, in particular a long ripening period. The whites are mountain-fresh, with plentiful natural acidity. Won Double Gold at the Veritas Wine Awards 2021.

 

Not content with the efforts he has made at Cederberg - for example the new plantings into the hard shale slopes - he has also bought land in windswept Elim in the far south of the country on slate and granitic soils. He has branded his wines from there Ghost Corner, the name sailors used to give to nearby Cape Agulhas, the most southerly point of Africa.

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