The vineyard is 2 hectare’s of bush vines on a granitic ridge high on the estate. It faces completely south and is a great vantage point to look over the town of Stellenbosch and beyond to the atlantic ocean.
The vines are 17 years old and yield between 4 and 5 tons per hectare.
The grapes are hand harvested and then sorted in the cellar.
A portion is fermented in 500 litre open top oak barrels and a portion in tank. The wine is fermented wild until dry and then drained off the skins.
Maturation takes place in 225 litre French oak barriques for 20 months. 30% new oak is used with the remainder made up of second and third fill barriques.
Tasting Notes & Analysis
Strawberries, Christmas cake, cinnamon and vanilla with earthy notes of tobacco leaf and leather on the nose.
The palate is opulent with ripe fruit and polished tannins supported by flavours of cumin and white pepper. The acidity is mild and combined with a light tannic grip the wine has great length.
The wine will mature for 5 to 10 years.
Enjoy with venison or dishes with a bit of spice.
14.0% Alc.; 2.70 g/l R.S.; 5.4 g/L TA; 0.71 g/L VA; 23 mg/L FSO