Rickety Bridge, the picturesque wine estate in the Franschhoek Valley, has been honoured with a coveted 5-Star rating and Joint Best Semillon Award in the 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide – for The Pilgrimage 2017, a limited-edition Icon wine produced from an extraordinary heritage vineyard block.
Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide 2020 was launched at Cape Town’s Table Bay Hotel on 8 November 2019 with over 230 guests in attendance, the VIPs including the wine producers who achieved the maximum 5-star rating in the new edition, including Rickety Bridge Cellar Master Donovan Ackerman who proudly accepted his prestigious awards from Platter’s Publisher Jean-Pierre Rossouw.
Platter’s 5-star accolade is reserved for wines that are “South African classics” and score 95 points or more on the internationally recognised 100-point scale. No stranger to accolades, The Pilgrimage 2017 has also received ratings of excellence from Tim Atkin, internationally acclaimed wine critic and British Master of Wine (MW) in his 2019 South Africa Special Report (94 points) as well as Christian Eedes, well respected wine writer and judge and editor of Winemag.co.za (95 points).
RICKETY BRIDGE THE PILGRIMAGE 2017: OLD VINE SEMILLON
The vineyard: The Pilgrimage is crafted from a 4,2ha block planted in 1905 on granite soils in the Franschhoek valley. Ancient gnarled and twisted dryland bush vines struggle to produce tiny yields of grapes, averaging 2,4 tonnes/ha. The Pilgrimage pays homage to the long and arduous journey these ancient heritage vines have travelled since 1905.
In the cellar: Whole-bunch pressed and naturally fermented, the wine matured for 11 months in a combination of foudre and older 500-litre barrels.
Tasting notes: The Pilgrimage takes you on a sensory journey paying respect to the heritage of these old vines. Initial freshness on the nose opens up to complex citrus and zesty lime with underlying floral aromas. A full, rich extraordinarily satiny palate of honey, nougat and citrus is perfectly balanced with caramel sweetness and a beautiful lingering creamy finish. Rich and intense yet fresh, it finishes regally and perfectly dry. The wine sings of old vine concentration, with its citrusy joie de vivre and just a peep of the silky viscosity that will emerge with time. Ready to drink now, this wine has great aging potential for up to at least 10 years from harvest. It’s a wine made to last and improve with age.
Food suggestions: This elegant Semillon is extremely versatile and can be paired with a variety of dishes – delicious with breyani, chicken curry, roast pork, seafood, shellfish, roast chicken and paella.
Limited production: 1 600 bottles
Packaging: The Pilgrimage 2017 is boldly packaged in a magnificent heavy-weight bottle with a blue wax seal and showcased in a satin-lined box.
Retail price: R450 a bottle. The Pilgrimage 2017 is available from the cellar door, at specialist wine merchants or shop online at https://shop.ricketybridge.com/wines for quick and easy delivery.
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Issued by Posy & Jeremy Hazell · PR & Wine Consultants