Cederberg Ghost Corner The Bowline 2021
Winemaker David Nieuwoudt
The Ghost Corner range is inspired by the extreme coastal area around Cape Agulhas near Elim, known as ‘Spookdraai’ where many ships have been wrecked. These wines are as intriguing and extreme as the story of their origin at the southernmost tip of the Cape winelands. Sailors call the Bowline the ‘king of knots’ – a strong simple knot that symbolises union, completion and eternal devotion. This white blend ‘ties the knot’ between Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes are vinified separately. Early morning hand harvested at 22.5-23.5 balling. Winemaking processing is done in reductive conditions with the use of dry ice and carbon dioxide gas. Grapes crushed at 8°C with approximately six hours skin contact before a light pressing. Two days of juice settling followed by 50% of Sauvignon blanc racked to tank for fermentation. 10% Sauvignon blanc and 40% Semillon racked to barrel for natural fermentation and maturation in 400l French oak barrels for a total of 10 months. After maturation the blend is made. 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon, 50% tank fermented, 50% barrel fermented: 20% new oak, 10% 2nd, 10% 3rd and 10% 4th fill tight grain barrels with medium toast.
An elegant Bordeaux blend of ripe fruit aromas such as white pear and figs with a subtle layer of toasted almonds. A fresh and crisp palate with hints of well integrated oak adding to the fullness and complexity of the wine.
Smoked salmon or mussels. Also enjoy with a well made asparagus or vegetable soup, roast chicken or chicken vindaloo.
Cheese: Although difficult to pair, we recommend a matured pecorino. Also try a soft cow's milk cheese or a washed rind cheese from France.
Optimum Drinking Time: 2- 4 years
Michelangelo Awards'21: Gold - 2019 Vintage
Platter's SA Wine Guide '22: 4.5 Stars - 2019 Vintage
Tim Atkin Report '20: 95 Points - 2018 Vintage
Veritas '20: Gold – 2018 vintage
SAWi Award '18: Platinum (98.2 Points) - 2017 Vintage
Platter's SA Wine Guide '21: 4.5 Stars – 2018 vintage
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