9 year old single trellised, irrigated vineyard, Spruitdrift area, Olifants River, West Coast, South Africa.
The grapes were hand picked in the morning, de-stemmed into open neutral fermentation vessels with cooling plates and fermented naturally. Pump overs and punch downs were performed twice daily to daily during the end of the fermentation. 80% of the free run and pressed wine was racked to tank and 20% to old 225L and 300L French oak barrels in which it matured for 11 months. A small percentage of Syrah was added to improve mouth feel, add a bit of tannin and make the wine slightly darker in colour. The wine was racked from tank and barrel before blending and bottling, unfined and not cold stabilised with a very light filtration at bottling
Well drained loam and red sand mix on a broken hard-pan layer.
Bottling date 15 January 2017
Production 3330 x 750ml
Sealed with Stelvin closure.
Mildly spicy food, on its own or with aromatic foods, pizza, charcuterie and firm cheeses.