2008 Red blend
||60-70 meters above sea level exposed to sea breezes.
||Complex stony soils
||5 years old bush vines.
This is a blend of 40% Shiraz, 29% Mourvedre, 22% Touriga Nacional and 9% Trincadeira.
Only 73mm of rain during the growing season. Typical dry windy conditions meant tiny yields and moderate growth. January & February average maximum temperature 26°Centigrade, but very few days over 30°Centigrade. Usually the maximum temperature is reached before midday and it is a little cooler in the afternoon due to the strong sea breezes. The evenings were a little cooler than 2007. Vines irrigated before growing season and again at veraison to assist the critical ripening process, otherwise the vines are left to fend for themselves and adapt to their environment. Light drizzle and early morning mist around harvest meant a little botrytis, which had to be painstakingly removed.
Handpicked and carefully sorted in 14 kg flat trays in the cool mornings, to avoid damaging and transported back to Stellenbosch. Further sorting in Stellenbosch and 98% destemming and gentle crushing directly into small open top tanks and oak vats. Spontaneous natural yeast fermentation at maximum temperature 29°Centigrade. 6 days on the skin, with caps of the skins punched down (pigeage) 2 to 3 times a day. Single pressing in traditional basket press and malolactic fermentation in barrels. A mix of barrels was used in the first year of maturation and mostly 700liters in the second year of maturation. This better respects the complexity of the fruit while softening the wine sufficiently. 25% new French oak used – all 700liters and 22 months barrel aging, which included 3 rackings to gradually clarify the wine and assist maturation. The wine was bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered.
Bottling date: 12/01/2010 Production: 630 x 12 x 750mℓ
||Attractive medium deep red color.
||Slate, wild fruits, herbs and a spicy leafiness on the nose.
||Barrel maturation character evident, but not specific oak flavors. Soft, though quietly substantial palate with a nice texture, excellent complexity and an attractive dry finish.