Stellenbosch, South Africa
44% Grenache Noir
6% Petite Sirah
These vineyards are situated on the farm DeMorgenzon in the Stellenboschkloof. Soils are mostly weathered granite which gives the resultant wines a natural exuberance and youthful vigour. The trellised vineyards are managed to ensure natural high acidity and full flavour concentration.
2017 was another hot and dry vintage in the Cape. Although the day time temperatures were warm, evening temperatures were much cooler than normal resulting in wines with incredible weight and texture, yet with great acidity and length. The dryness of the season resulted in minimal disease pressure with fruit arriving at the winery in very good condition.
Fruit was carefully hand sorted and naturally fermented, whole berry. Post fermentation maceration was allowed for two weeks, followed by gentle pressing. Maturation was for a total of 18 months in French oak, in a selection of 300 litre casks and 3000 litre Foudres. The wine was bottled with minimal fining and a minimal filtration.
Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe
Alcohol content: 14.38%
TA : 5.4 g/l
pH : 3.56
RS : 1.5 g/l
4 Stars Platter’s Wine Guide 2018
93 Points Decanter World Wine Awards 2020
93 Points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2018
92 Points WineMag Red Blend Report 2018
94 Points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2017
91 Points Winemag Signature Blends Report 2017
1st place, Top12Wines 2017