Crushed and Cured

Gabriëlskloof, `Magdalena` Semillon, Cape South Coast, South Africa, 2021


Light, pale golden in colour. On the nose are well-defined aromas of greengage, quince, honey and wild herbs in the background. The palate is richly textured and well-balanced with flavours of Granny Smith apples, nougat and salted macadamias.

Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. The farm has 178 hectares, with 68 hectares planted with vines. The climate is cool with maritime influences coming from Walker Bay. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with an aim to move to organic farming in the future. 

Once the fruit arrived at the winery, the grapes were whole-bunch pressed and settled without the use of enzymes overnight. The must was racked into 400-500 litre used French oak barrels and underwent spontaneous fermentation. The wine then spent almost 12 months on its fine lees before being blended and bottled.

Country: South Africa

Region: Cape South Coast

Vintage: 2021

Grape Variety: Semillon

ABV: 13% 

Size: 750ml 

Producer: Gabriëlskloof