Refreshing yet nevertheless ripe and displaying juicy red fruits; raspberry, red plum and red cherry with a lithe texture, soft tannins and just a hint of spice on the finish.
In the Vineyard
The fruit for this wine comes from a single vineyard on the farm where our winery is based in Helderberg overlooking the ocean. The vines grow in decomposed granite soil and benefit greatly from the South Easter sea breeze in summertime, cooling the entire vineyard.
We experienced relatively good rains preceding the 2019 harvest where the rainfall figures came close to the long-term average for Stellenbosch. With more moisture in the soil, the vines showed strong, even budding in the Spring. The cool daytime conditions (and especially nights!) of December and January meant that our earlier varieties ripened with lovely acidity and great freshness, all at lower alcohol levels.
In the Cellar
The grapes were all hand-picked at dawn to capture freshness and acidity yet retaining elegance in the flavour expression. The bunches were hand sorted and a combination of whole berry carbonic maceration and partial crushing took place in a 7000L oak fermenter with the skins, using wild yeast only. This technique lifts the fruit and creates intensity, as well as freshness and liveliness. We employed very light extraction, with the focus on creating a lithe, supple texture. This complements the expressive fruit profile, and in doing so retains depth and persistence. The berries were basket pressed to ensure only the purest liquid was extracted. The wine was then matured for 11 months in older (3 to 4- year-old) French oak barrels. Apart from a minute amount of sulphur added before bottling, there are no additives in this wine. It is also unfiltered and will naturally throw a deposit over time.
Varietal: Grenache Appellation: Stellenbosch, South Africa Alcohol: 13%vol Total acidity: 4.3g/L pH: 3.76 Residual sugar: 1.8g/L