Kleur: helder lichtrood
Geur: open en aantrekkelijk, rood fruit, rijpe bessen, tikje kruidig
Smaak: soepel, zacht en sappig, heel veel fruit, fijne kruidigheid, zachte tannines
Houdbaar: op dronk, minimaal houdbaar tot eind 2023
Lekker bij: BBQ, (licht) belegen kazen, stevige vis, gevogelte. Iets gekoeld drinken zo rond de 15 graden.
The vineyard is located on the slopes of the Olifantsberg mountain where it endures wide diurnal temperature differences and strong winds, at altitudes from 250 to 450 metres above sea level. Cold winters, coupled with the summer winds, ensures the slow ripening of the grapes; helps to maintain healthy vines; and contributes freshness and elegance to the wines. The soils in the vineyard comprise of unique sandstone with shale and quartz adding freshness and minerality to the wine.
Small batches of natural fermentation took place in French oak casks and open fermenters. A portion of whole bunches were included. Soft punch downs were performed. Some batches had extended maceration on the skins to add to complexity. Malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels. Only a soft prefiltration took place prior to bottling. The different parcels were kept separate and went through malolactic fermentation in seasoned french oak 300l barrels. After 6 months in barrel, the wine was blended and the final blend aged for an additional 4 months.
90 points – Tim Atkin 2018
91 points – WineMag.co.za 2019