If GlenWood Vineyards were to be chosen for selection to The Michelin Guide, it could easily fall into both the ‘well worth a visit’ and the ‘well worth the detour’ categories.
Well worth a visit to have the opportunity to taste the sublime wines of GM and Cellarmaster DP Burger and his winemaker Zinaschke Steyn.
Well worth the detour, well hardly a detour, a short one off the main Franschhoek drag right onto the Robertsvlei Road to have the opportunity to taste the excellent bistro style food prepared by Melissa Bird and her team at the Estate’s Rendezvous Bistro. I’ve had some really good dishes there.
The GlenWood Vignerons Selection Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is a maiden vintage of this blend. DP tells of the decision to vinify these two varieties separately and then to blend while preparing for bottling. Both wines were barrel fermented with natural vineyard yeasts and then matured for 12 months in all new French oak barrels.
It looks like
Bottled under cork in a Burgundy shaped bottle. In the glass, a pale straw with bronze flashes.
It smells like
Citrus fruits intermingled with ripe tropical and a note of oak.
It tastes like
From entry a perfect harmony of fruit, passion fruit acidity, oak and its concomitant spices into a long sustained aftertaste. The sprightly Sauvignon being given a touch of gravitas by the Semillon and the French oak barrels. This wine would improve with age if properly cellared.
It’s good with
This is a serious food wine in the Bordeliase style, also very popular in Western Australia. Whether a serious Sunday lunch dish of Roast Chicken or duck, or a simple weeknight supper, it’s a great partner. And in the cold of winter, it is quite fun to serve a delicious salad for lunch.
Kate Liquorish’s Spiced Cauliflower Salad fits the bill and the wine is a well matched partner. Click here for her recipe.
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