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Black Elephant Vintners is a small wine producer started only a few years ago by Kevin Swart ("black") and Raymond Ndlovu ("elephant"), along with winemaker Jacques Wentzel, in the heart of the sublime Franschhoek valley.
This is a truly remarkable wine, the Semillon grapes sourced from probably South Africa's oldest white wine vineyard, planted in 1905 in the valley's secluded Bo-Hoek area. Harvested by hand in February 2015, the wine had a full 24 hours of skin contact before natural fermentation for 6 weeks in two old French oak barrels. Batonnage once a week added richness. Minimal added sulphur at this point, then another year in barrel before bottling without fining or filtration.
Wow. This is a textured, aromatic, lengthy joy to behold. Herbs, citrus, some reduction fully on the right side of pleasurable. To taste it's pure and lively, the mouthfeel monumental. No wonder it's viewed as one of the most exciting releases in recent years. Just 1,100 bottles produced.