Western Cape (Paarl, Stellenbosch and Breedekloof)
Soil: Clovelly, Hutton and Estcourt.
Temperature: winter 9/18°C; summer 14/26°C
Annual rainfall: 650-850mm
Proximity to ocean: 40-120km
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS
Trellised vines of 14 -16 years old, planted on north-eastern slopes yielded the grapes for this wine. The vines received supplementary irrigation and produced 10 tons per hectare.
Grapes were harvested at 24° balling, gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled. After two days of cold soaking the juice was fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks at 24°C. Three pump-overs were conducted daily. After fermentation 20% of the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 8-10 months and the remainder matured in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.
5 – 6.5 g/L
3.1 – 3.9
Dark plum purple in colour.
Ripe fruit, cherries and oak spice that follow through from nose to palate.
WHEN TO DRINK
Enjoy at home on a winters night with roast beef or lamb with gravy and hearty vegetables.