The vibrant and immensely lively purple hue of this wine shines out of the glass. Its intricate spice, licorice and wild bush –‘fynbos’- aromas grab your curiosity, whilst preparing the senses for a highly individual and aromatic palate. A vinous and wonderfully charged mouthfeel combines with an array of lavender, spices, strawberries and even blueberries. A distinctly mineral quality pervades through the palate and creates lift and freshness in the flavours and a subtle, full and crescendo finish. A highly individual, enigmatic wine; a true blend. As refreshing by its palate as it is by its approach.
As always, the grapes were only hand harvested, into 20kg lugboxes, and manually sorted over a moving sorting table at the cellar. The Grenache and the Carignan were co fermented but the other components were kept apart during fermentation. Fermentations occurred spontaneously (’natural fermentations’), lasting around 8 days and, after a brief period of post maceration skin contact, the wine was removed from skins and transferred to barrels where malo-lactic fermentation occurred (also spontaneously). A small proportion of new barrels was used, the rest 2nd, 3rd & 4th fill. The Cinsault component was matured in tank over a period of 18 months. All components kept on primary lees throughout their maturation, until racking prior to assembling then bottling. The Syrah pressed-juice matured separately to the free run, in barrel. All barrel maturation carried-out in a temperature controlled cellar, over 15 months, on the primary lees. The wines were then assembled into one tank, settled for several months and bottled without filtration.
Grape: Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier