A challenging season led to a smaller but exceptional wine grape harvest in the Stellenbosch region. We experienced the second consecutive very dry season and endured limited irrigation water in order to ripen the harvests. These challenging conditions led to healthy and high quality wine grapes which definitely produced wines of exceptional quality.
The grapes were all handpicked on four different occasions in order to have a spread of flavours, i.e. green apple, pear drops and floral. All the grapes are whole bunch pressed in the cellar. The four different batches were inoculated with Lalvin D254, Lalvin 3097 and Anchor Vin 13 respectively. All the batches fermented in 50% 228L and 50% 300L French oak barrels. Approximately 15% new oak was used for this wine as we want it to be quite fruit driven. We also stop the Malo-lactic fermentation soon after the alcoholic fermentation is complete in order to preserve the fresh acidity. The wine was in the barrels for 12 months. Prior to bottling in May 2018 10% of 2018 was blended in.
Soil & Terroir
The soil consists of 10% clay and 50% gravel on a North-western slope. The row direction is 45° West of North. The stone fraction in this vineyard is less than in the other parts on the farm. Supplementary irrigation is done by overhead sprinklers.
The wine shows lemongrass, pear drops and wet stone flavours on the nose and palate. The palate further entices with a creamy texture with honey and white peach flavours which ends with zesty acidity and silky aftertaste always with a sense of freshness.
Alc: 12.77 vol%
Total Extract: 20,4 g/l
Res sugar: 1.9 g/l
T.A: 6,0 g/l
V.A: 0.49 g/l
- 2012 – 4* John Platter/ Wine Enthusiast 89pts
- 2013 – 4* John Platter
- 2014 – 4* John Platter
- 2015 – 4* John Platter/Tim Atkin 89pts/WineMag 90pts
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