Stellenzicht Semillon Reserve is an oaky, white wine from the Stellenbosch wine-growing region. It is a superb food wine. Winemaker Guy Webber ascribes their success to the farm’s superb terroir, situated in what is locally referred to as the Wineland’s Golden Triangle (Flanked by the Helderberg and Stellenbosch Mountains, between Stellenbosch and the False Bay coast), but his skill as a winemaker definitely plays a significant role.
Stellenzicht fits comfortably into its icon status, achieved over a decade by a consistent stream of award-winning wines of unsurpassed quality. Their Shiraz wines are legendary while their Pinotages are fast catching up. The estate was purchased by banker and financier Hans-Joachim Schreiber in 1981. In 1999 Stellenzicht entered into a joint venture with what is now part of Distell, called Lusan. The estates in the group are Le Bonheur, Uitkyk, Alto Estate and Neethlingshof.
The vineyards for the Stellenzicht Semillon are situated on decomposed granite at an altitude of 290m and on a slope facing predominantly south-west. Following hand-harvesting and after destalking and crushing, the mash was transferred to closed stainless steel tanks where fermentation was induced by the addition of a selected yeast strain. Once fermentation was strongly underway, the must was transferred to oak barrels for the completion of the fermentation as well as for maturation on the lees. Malolactic fermentation was induced to add complexity to the wine although it was not allowed to reach completeness in order to retain some of the fresh natural acidity. The wine undergoes regular batonnage (lees stirring) to extract the full benefit of the lees. The wine is matured in barrel for a period of 5 months, prior to a period resting on the lees in stainless steel vats for a further 4 months. The oak barrels used are 50% new French and Hungarian oak (500L) with the remaining 50% being second-fill (500L) barrels used for the same wine the previous vintage. Only 4031 bottles of the 2009 bottled.