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Decomposed granite and weathered shale.
VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
The vineyards for this wine are in the Paarl, Darling and Stellenbosch regions. Topography ranges from flat to southeastern-facing slopes that are cooler, thus promoting fruit preservation. Rich, deep decomposed granite soils have good water retention and medium fertility, resulting in low, concentrated yields that contribute to the complexity and tannin structure of the wine.
Temperature: winter 8 – 19°C; summer 13 – 29°C
Annual rainfall: average of 450mm
Proximity to ocean: 15 – 55km
Grapes were harvested by hand, de-stemmed and cold soaked for two days in stainless steel tanks to enhance colour extraction and fruit preservation. Fermentation was inoculated and completed in 15 days. The wine was racked to barrels to continue malolactic fermentation in a combination of 80% French and 20% American oak barrels and matured in these for 14 months.
14.13 % vol
Deep red with a purple edge.
Dark fruits such as black cherries and mulberry introduce a rich, complex middle palate with hints of all spice and vanilla. This medium-to-full bodied wine shows great balance and beautiful integration.
Serve with pulled pork dishes or mild curry dishes.