This aromatic wine has an alluring and complex nose suggesting roses, cranberries, cherries, spice and a hint of thyme. The pallet is fresh and silky textured, with notes of orange peel, rhubarb, maraschino cherries, pink peppercorns and cloves. Fine tannins give great structure to the wine. Best served at 16-18°C.
Technical Details at Bottling: Alcohol 14.5% – RS 2.2 g/l – TA 5.3 g/l – pH 3.72
Source of Grapes:
From an historic parcel of dry farmed bush vine Cinsault planted in 1900 in deep sandy alluvial soils in Wellington. This is South Africa’s oldest registered red wine vineyard and we have had the privilege to farm and care for it since 2014. .
Date(s) Harvested: Grapes were hand-harvested in the early morning of 9 February 2017
Yields: 2 tons/ha = 12 HL/ha
The cool grapes are crushed and destemmed into tank, with 50% whole clusters. Minimal sulphur is added, and no further additions are made. The fermentation begins without inoculation and the wine is pigeaged twice a day. Temperatures are not allowed to exceed 26°C. Fermentation lasted 11 days. After fermentation, 3 weeks skin contact is given, and the wine is then drained and pressed to barrel. The wines are racked and blended mid-way through the year and bottled after 20 months in barrel.
Maturation: 20 months in 250L French oak barrels, followed by a year in bottle
Greg Sherwood rating: 94+/100
The aromatics are distinctively spicy and complex showing top notes of potpourri, dried rose petals, freshly trimmed hedge row spice and wild herb notes of fynbos and thyme. Imposing yet silky textured with beautifully polished dry tannins, there is plenty of broody depth and power lurking behind the bright red fruits of pithy cherry, raisined cranberries, blood oranges and sweet lingering peppercorn spice. The fabulously dense, focused, tight knit texture finishes with an impressively pure, dry, mineral tannic restraint reinforcing the stature of these grand old 120 year old Cinsault vines.
From SA’s oldest registered red wine vineyard, planted in 1990. Matured for 20 months in 250-litre French oak barrels. A top note of rose before cranberry, raspberry and wild strawberry to go with hints of herbs and earth. Lovely fruit definition, bright acidity and tannins that are fine yet somehow still grippy, the finish long and dry. Has the variety’s inherent modesty about it but nevertheless compelling.