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Soils: Oakleaf and Swartland.
South-west facing vineyards from the cool Tygerberg Hills.
Proximity to the ocean: 16 km.
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
A dry-land, single vineyard, 16 years of age, yielded the grapes for this wine. The best fruits of this specific vineyard were harvested at 23 ºC at a yield of 6 tons per hectare.
Grapes were hand-harvested early in the morning in lug boxes of 10 kg each. It was pre-cooled before hand-sorted, destemmed and crushed. Skin contact was limited to 6 hours and the free run juice drained off to settle overnight before inoculated with a selected yeast strain. Fermentation took place under controlled temperatures between 12–14 °C. The wine matured for 6 months on the lees before it was bottled.
TA: 6.00 g/L
RS: 3.10 g/L
Pale-straw with lime rim edges.
The wine is bold and aromatic with intense flavours of gooseberries, green fig leaves and hints of fresh grassiness. It is concentrated and richly textured, and offers a palate with a fresh green finish.
Grilled salmon with roasted beets and arugula, or poached shrimp with a creamy Dijon sauce.