Selected from a single vineyard, known as the “Skooltjie” (school) bushvine. 21 year old double-row bushvines on Oakleaf soils, facing South-Southwest.
Simonsberg ward, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Great effort is made during harvesting. Selected pockets of vines are harvested separately over 3 harvesting dates. Grapes are harvested by experienced pickers where the critical initial selection is made. The grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed into open top fermenters. The juice was allowed to start natural fermentation at low temperatures and after a day inoculated with a selected strain. Fermentation was done at 28o C and kept on the skins for 10 days. A combination of pumpovers and punch downs were done. The wine spent 17 months in barrel of which 40% were new, all French oak.
Residual Sugar: 2.50 g/l Alcohol: 14.0% pH: 3.59 Total Acidity: 5.60 g/l
Allow this wine to age gracefully for at least 8-10 years from vintage.