Vineyards: Trekpoort Kloof in the Olifants River Region. Yield of 17 hl/ha
Soils: Decomposed Table Mountain sandstone
Aging Potential: 5–15 years
Named for the striking aloe plants near the old vineyard it comes from. The vineyard was planted in the 1930’s, with a mix of standard Semillon and a red-berried form of Semillon once common in the Cape and probably unique to South Africa, but now almost vanished. Both versions used to be called “Greengrape.” This is one of the most pristine old vineyards we know. No herbicides or artificial fertilizers have been used on it, and it has been perfectly pruned over the years. The downside is that it is a small and low-yielding vineyard. The white and the red Semillon (approximately 70:30 proportion) ripen at the same time and are picked and pressed together. The juice is taken from the basket press in buckets to an old cask for natural fermentation, and spends 18 months on its lees before being bottled from the cask.
Unfined and unfiltered. Decanting recommended.
WINEMAKER: Eben Sadie
GRAPES: Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris (Local synonym: Groendruif)
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.4 g/l
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1.8 g/l
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 150 cases x 6/750ml