GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse (Sweet) N/V

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GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse (Sweet) N/V

Noblesse takes its name from ‘noble rot’, a winemaking process which accentuates sugar, and reduces water content in grapes, making them perfect for sweet wine production.

A wine in this style is the result of painstaking attention to detail in the vineyard, and the cellar.

Tasting Notes 

This wine is 100% Semillon, and has the tell-tale notes of honey, dried apricots, butterscotch and ripe mango. Make sure to serve it well chilled.

GlenWood Noblesse


Vine age: 19 years.
Density: 2,800 vines per hectare.
Normal vineyard yield: 8-9 tons per hectare.
Soils are well-drained compromised lightly structured Clovelly and Avalon.
Vines are planted 1.4 m apart to avoid density as Semillon can be vigorous in growth. Intensive leaf and shoot management in October allow for even ripeness and provided shade to achieve maximum fruit concentration.


An intensive, 4-stage, harvest selection in which only noble rot berries were selected containing sugar of between 34 and 36°B. Prior to pressing the berries went through another selection process to ensure that only 100% noble rot berries were pressed. Pressing occurred over a three-day period with a minimal 95 Litres per ton of Semillon recovered. Juice was settled and racked to small 225 Litre selected French oak barrels. No yeast inoculation occurred and the juice fermented naturally down to 150 grams residual sugar per litre. The wine has spent 28 months in barrel before stabilisation and bottling.

Winemaker Comments

"This wine has developed into a well-integrated sweet wine with enticing nutty and honey flavours. We are proud to release this wine with delicate similarities to the revered French Sauternes which was one of our main objectives. Enjoy now or age for 10 to 15 years to develop further complexity."


    • 95pts | Platter’s 2022

    2017 botrytised semillon 50% sweeter than last, 2014 (4.5 stars, 93 pts), but so perfectly balanced, the enjoyment is unimpaired, and scores higher. Older barrel fermented/aged 28 months: candied citrus, apricot, with enough brightening acidity to offset the richness. 375 ml.

      • 94pts | Tim Atkin 2022 SA Report

      Noblesse is a reference to the botrytis (noble rot) that affected the berries on this delicious pure Semillon from Franschhoek. Well-balanced between acidity, 156 grams of sugar and a restrained volatile lift, this has honey, peach and orange zest flavours and a sheen of toasty oak spice. 2021-25


        Year N/v
        Bottle Size 375ml
        Cultivar 100% Semillon
        Country South Africa
        Alcohol content
        13% alc vol 
        Units of Alcohol per Bottle 4.88 units
        Type Dessert Wine
        Food Matching Try it with homemade apple crumble and vanilla ice cream, or mature Stilton cheese.
        Cellaring Potential Enjoy now or age for 10 to 15 years to develop further complexity.
        Allergen Information Contains sulphites
        Origin Robertsvlei Valley, Franschhoek
        Appellation WO Western Cape