In the middle of 2016 we commissioned a writer friend to write a series of short children’s stories about growing up the Cape, and we used these stories as the inspiration for the names for our new red wines.
Grenache noir – 59% Voor Paardeberg, Paardeberg and Bot River
Cinsault – 33% Bottelary and Darling
Mourvèdre – 8% Bot River
Platter’s: From widely sourced grapes: 59% grenache, 33% cinsaut giving bright, pure-fruited, aromatic power & charm, mourvèdre adding darker breadth & depth. 2017 not just delicious – serious, with fine, powder-tannin grip, freshness & ageability. More substantial than 2016. (4,5 stars, 93 pts)
As with all our wines, the winemaking is extremely simple. We put around 40% of the crop into the bottom of an open vat as whole bunches and then destem the rest on top of that. During fermentation we punch the cap down a couple of times a day to keep it wet. Once we are happy with the structure in the wine, it is pressed off in an old basket press.
The wines go through malolactic fermentation and around 9 months maturation in old oak barrels. We keep sulphur dioxide levels as low as possible and only make a small adjustment of the sulphur dioxide before bottling.