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Swerwer Rooi Groen Skinstext

Swerwer Rooi Groen Skins 2021

Swartland, Coastal Region, South AfricaSwerwer (Nomad / Wanderer) is Jasper Wickens project in the Swartland, and this Rooi Groen (red-green) Skins version is an edgier version of his classic Rooi Groen, initially developed for the Japanese Market in 2017. Rooi Groen refers to the grape, Sémillon Gris, a rare mutation of Sémillon developed over centuries in South Africa, resulting in red-pink grapes. These 10 year old vineyards were planted with massale selection material from a 1963 vineyard, with John Secombe taking the majority of the fruit for Tin Soldier. As the name suggests, this version spent some time on skins, ranging from 2-3 days pre-ferment, 3-7 days during ferment, or up to 20 days post-ferment, after which each lot rests 6 months in old oak prior to the final blend. It is bottled without any additional SO2. This slip of a wine glows orange and is super textural, with tangerine pith and peel, pear skin, and subtle quince, spiced with herbal rooibos tea, and finishing with lingering salinity. Don't drink this too chilled; allow this textural orange wine to open and expand some in the glass and be charmed.Tasted: 29 January 2024Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
BC$40.00750mlprivate wine stores
Producer: SwerwerDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Grape: Sémillon