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Swerwer Rooi-Groen Semillon 2019

Type: Swerwer

Unique and special. We could stop there but that would be a little cheeky. Copper in colour and a nose that is filled with aromas of ginger, peach, orange and blossoms. Flavours of nectarine, fig & red apple finishing with a light tannin structure. So what's the story behind this unusual wine? Semillon is a white grape and as such should be green in colour. In South African however, over time a natural mutation developed in old Semillon vineyards, resulting in vines with red / pink pigmented grapes. This is referred to by farmers as ‘Rooi-Groen’ or 'red-green'. This once-common sight is now almost forgotten as many old vineyards were uprooted in favour of younger, higher-volume producing vines. Skin contact, which is typically avoided when making white white, results in the copper colour as well as the light tannin structure. A must try for any curious wine drinker.


Platter's Wine Guide 91 Points

WineMag SA 90 Points

Swerwer Wines

Swerwer Wines are produced by winemaker JC Wickens based in the Swartland winemaking region. Jasper is a young, passionate, fun-loving guy who isn't afraid to do things a little differently. He can usually be found in his wine cellar working away with 80's rock playing in the background. During his early winemaking days he used to 'migrate' from harvest to harvest in different winemaking regions in the world including the US, Spain & France. These frequent travels not only gave him invaluable winemaking experience but also earned him the nickname 'Swerwer' meaning Wanderer in Afrikaans.