The 2017 vintage is a full-bodied dry red wine with a classic claret character. The grapes for this select wine originate from a single farm that is certified both for Sustainability and Integrity as well as one of the very few wine farms in the world that is certified Carbon Neutral. The vines are planted at an elevation of 190m above sea level in sandy clay soil on a South Eastern slope which is the coolest slope in the Southern Hemisphere. The vines are 15 years old and pruned to produce a low to medium yield of 8-12 tons per hectare. The grapes were destalked, as is the traditional South African custom, cool crushed and cold soaked for a few days prior to fermentation. During fermentation, pumping over the skins was done four times per day which gently extracts color and tannin. After fermentation, the wine is placed in French oak barrels for 12 months of which a third are new and the rest second and third fill so that the oak influence is balanced with the fruit.
The wine shows spicy aromas of liquorice and vanilla overlay rich blackcurrant fruit. The careful oaking provides the necessary structure for the ripe, full and fruit - driven mid palate. Complex and long lasting, this wine has depth and power, and will reward further bottle ageing for 8-20 years.
Technical details: Alcohol - 14 %vol ; pH - 3.4; RS - 3.4 g/l; Total Acid - 6 g/l
Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2019 - Gold Medal