Refreshing yet nevertheless ripe and displaying juicy red fruits; raspberry, red plum and red cherry with a lithe texture, soft tannins and just a hint of spice on the finish. Alc 13.5%, TA 4.5g/L, pH 3.61
In the vineyard
The fruit for this wine is grown in a single block of old, unirrigated bush vine Chenin on the foot slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, facing South East across False Bay. These vines grow high on a steep slope in slightly decomposed granite soils with patches of pure quartz near the top. These gnarled, old vines never yield a big crop (35hL/Ha or 5t/Ha), but because of this, the berries and bunches are small and the fruit is wonderfully concentrated.
In the cellar
Some of the grapes were whole bunch pressed, some skin macerated and the free-run juice was settled for two days before being poured into barrel. Alcoholic fermentation was carried out entirely in old oak barrel (using only natural ambient yeast) for 8 – 10 weeks under cool conditions (fermentation peaking at about 18°). Malolactic fermentation was inhibited by the cold. The wine was kept on its primary lees throughout maturation, racked out of barrel after about 9 months, assembled and then settled for a month.
Pear, Gorgonzola and walnut risotto, seafood, salmon, poultry or hard cheeses