Creative Block 3 2013

This Rhône-style blend is created from Shiraz, Mourvedre' and Viognier. This multi-award winner can be enjoyed with pan-fried beef or game fillet with a brandy sauce, smoked venison carpaccio, or soft south Indian curry.

SOIL

Decomposed granite with clay subsoil from the Stellenbosch and Darling regions situated 7 – 20 km from the cold Atlantic ocean.

Tasting Notes

Introduction of subtle perfumed notes of violets, pomegranate and mulberry followed by spicy flavours of black pepper and coriander. A silky, rich mid-palate follows with concentration of fruit and dense, silky tannins.

Vinification

Grapes were harvested by hand and pre-cooled prior to de-stemming, hand sorted to take out green, pink and raisin berries and fermented for up to 14 days. Malolactic fermentation and maturation took place in 90% 300 litre French and 10% American oak barrels for 18 months of which 60% was first fill and the balance, second fill. The wines are made individually to address each varietal’s need for undivided attention and to ensure that the varietal and site expression is forthcoming. Selective tasting from the barrels helped to determine the composition of the blend. The Rhône-style blend was done to ensure harmony amongst the three varietals and to find the ultimate balance between fruit, palate volume, oak extract and tannin.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with smoked pork belly or mildly spicy vegetable based Indian style curry.

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