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2017
Mother Rock
'Force Celeste'
Sémillon
Swartland

2017
Mother Rock
'Force Celeste'
Sémillon
Swartland

When Stompie called up Vine Street Imports one dreary afternoon in December saying he got a hold of some top notch bush vine Sémillon from granitic soils on Paardeberg Mountain, there was a bit of intrigue. When it was understood that it would retail for $15 or less it was more of an elated WTF moment! Organically farmed, single vineyard planted in ’97 and dry farmed.

The grapes were handpicked across three pick dates with early picks ensuring good pH and acid and structure coupled with enveloping aromas from the riper batches. The majority of the grapes were whole bunch pressed to stainless steel with 10% being barrel fermented. 20% of the stainless ferments were fermented on skins for two weeks for added texture and character. The wine aged for seven months on the gross lees prior to a careful racking. The wine was bottled without fining nor filtration and bottled with a total SO2 of 34 ppm.

Hazy yellow. A bit of reduction blows off with just a few swirls in the glass or the bottle being opened for a bit. Aromas of fresh grass, green melon, and yellow nectarines burst from the glass with subtle notes of cucumber water, honeycomb and a ginger mojito evolving with time. The palate brings a macadamia nut oil profile with intense texture and grip. There is a good bit of acid initially that dissipates leaving a long, persistent and round finish.

  • Region: Swartland
  • Varietal: 100% Sémillon
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Single Site on Paardeberg Mountain
  • Vine Age: 20 years old
  • Yield: 3.1 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Decomposed Granite
  • TA: 5.1 g/L
  • pH: 3.64
  • Residual Sugar: 2.1 g/L
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Brix: 19º-23.5º
  • Skin Contact: 20% whole bunch on skins for two weeks
  • Oak: 7 onths: 90% stainless steel - 10% neutral french 300L tonneau
  • Production: 588 cases
Winery & Regional Information
SWARTLAND

The Swartland begins roughly 30 miles north of Cape Town and consists of the regions between the towns of Malmesbury in the south, Darling in the west, Piketberg in the north and the Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel in the east. Learn More »

MOTHER ROCK WINES

SWARTLAND

Johan Meyer, AKA “Stompie”, has made a name for himself in the ever-emerging South African wine industry in a very short time. While his namesake ‘Signature’ wines reflect his love of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Stompie is not one to limit himself and thus created the Mother Rock Wines wines in collaboration with his UK importer Ben Henshaw of Indigo Wines. Learn More »

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