Tin Soldier is a skin-fermented wine made from Semillon gris, which is almost unique to South Africa, and a vestige of a time when Semillon was the grape on which the South African wine industry was built. The vineyard has been established from a sélection massale of Semillon gris cuttings taken from an adjacent vineyard of Semillon that was planted in 1964.
The colour of the wine is unusual, having taken some bright copper tones from about a week’s fermentation on skins. The nose is soft with spice, subtle red fruit, citrus peel and marzipan notes. On the palate there is bay leaf, peach skin, rose hip, greengage and warm spices, all highlighted by the wine’s fine structure. Compared to previous incarnations of this wine, we have dialled the ripeness up a notch, making for a more complete and “grown-up” wine.
The interplay between savoury and sweet is a key point of interest in Tin Soldier, and makes for a subtle and engaging wine. It is dry and delicate, while at the same time showing a core of richness and depth. This wine is bottled with no fining or filtration so a natural sediment will occur in the bottle.