This complex wine is a true reflection of the Swartland area’s distinctive combination of schist soils and indigenous Cape fynbos. The palate is laden with fynbos herbs, thyme, buchu and white pepper. Violets, black olives and blueberry flavours lend complexity and lead to a long, satisfying finish
Ready to be enjoyed right now, but will age well for another 10 years.
The wine’s herby notes make it the perfect accompaniment to fire-grilled, deboned Karoo lamb marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and rosemary, and served with a red wine reduction and bone marrow sauce. Also try pairing it with red wine lamb shank stew and oven-roasted vegetables.
In the vineyard
The grapes were sourced from a 16-year-old Swartland single vineyard on schist soil. The crop was reduced to one bunch per shoot to enhance the quality of the grapes, which were handpicked at 22 degrees Balling. The fynbos surrounding the vineyard had a strong influence on the wine’s flavour profile.
In the cellar
After handpicking the grapes, they were fermented on the skins with their own yeast and using punch-downs and pump-overs to mix the juice and skins. Skin contact then took place for 28 days to allow for the maximum extraction of tannins. Malolactic fermentation and aging occurred in old French oak barrels for 12 months.
2015 vintage was a cool but dry growing season. It follows a good winter which gave enough water for the grapes to ripen optimally.DOWNLOAD TASTING NOTES