The 5ha vines were planted in the year 2000 with 2.5m row spacing. Soils consist of weathered granite on a clay base. The vines are drip-irrigated to ensure optimal ripening and trained on a 5-wire Perold trellis system. Vines benefit by having the cool breezes from the nearby Atlantic Ocean (False Bay) during the ripening season.
GROWING SEASON AND HARVEST
In retrospect the season was very similar to 2015 with even less rain and drier conditions. Hot weather from mid-October through to end January restricted growth which in turn resulted in lighter bunches and concentrated berries with an average 15% decrease in yield. These conditions also led to healthier vineyards and disease free grapes with promising wines.
The grapes were picked at 25° balling early February when the pips were brown and the skins had no more unripe
tannins. The berries were crushed and cold-soaked for about 48hrs at 15°C, and then inoculated with suitable yeast that would bring out the best of the varietal. The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks with aeration every 4 hrs- this was done to extract all the colour and flavours from the must. Fermentation takes about 5 days at
temperatures between 24-29°C. Before bottling a small portion of oak matured Pinotage was blended in to add extra complexity.
Very enjoyable with wood fired pizza smothered in tomato, basil and goats cheese.