Swerwer Rooi-Groen Semillon 2020 Swartland
When you've worked with Adi Badenhorst and Eben Sadie, you learn a thing or two about working elliptically with wine. This mutation of semillion into a bunch with both red and green berries can be traced back to at least 1841 in the Cape, and remains unique to this part of this world. Over a decade, cuttings were taken from an old 1963 semillon vineyard that showed this mutation, and planted out into a new vineyard specifically devoted to this rooi-groen variety. The final wine is a lightly phenolic, smoky, slightly shy white with fennel, artichoke with green tea, ginger and red apple flavours. A dazzling example of the originality and distinctiveness of South Africa's white wine heritage.