Previously the winemaker at Boekenhoutskloof, Jean Smit has partnered with Canadian-born David Curl, the former owner of Château Gaby in Bordeaux, and South African-born Genevieve Hamilton-Brown to create the Damascene label. Jean Smit is a rising star in SA winemaking and certainly a winemaker to watch. They seek out unique vineyards and sites across the Western Cape winelands and have created an exciting, pitch-perfect set of wines which are placed amongst the finest in SA.
Damascene W.O Franschhoek Sémillon 2022
“A gradual crescendo of aromas begins with savoury flint and sea spray, leading into the herbal notes of fynbos, white peach, and dried apricot. Over time, these elements evolve, introducing ripe cling peach, tangerine, and pineapple. The palate is both supremely weighted and textured; managing to marry juicy citrus with structured chalky dryness. Its broad entry carries creamy lemon curd elements, alongside ripe stone fruit, and juicy Sicilian blood orange. The finish carries hints of baked apple and cardamom. Being an old vine wine, this is a beauty that reveals itself over time. If you have the restraint, drink this wine over a few days to see how it evolves.” – Winemaker’s notes
“From two Franschhoek blocks planted in 1942 and 1962 respectively. Matured for 11 months in 1000-litre foudre. Wonderfully complex aromatics of lime, peach, nectarine, thatch, floral perfume and dried herbs while blackcurrant reveals itself with time in glass. The palate, meanwhile, is exceptionally well balanced with great clarity of fruit, no shortage of freshness and a salty finish. Alc: 13.21%.” – CE
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