Harvesting occurred at optimal ripeness when the grapes were between 24 – 25° Balling. Picking was done by hand early in the morning and only the best grapes were selected. Sulphur was used to protect the grapes from oxidation during transportation. A controlled pump-over schedule was followed to extract intense colour without harsh tannins. The wine was fermented for 8 days on the skins and malolactic fermentation commenced in tank. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked and matured in French and American oak for 8 months.
The vineyards are found in a variation in meso-climates, exposed hills, and sheltered valleys, with Alluvial soils. Grapes are picked from a selection of these different wards in the Western Cape.
The 2022 season will be remembered for the initial cool weather conditions that made ripening very slow. Phenolic ripeness occurred later and that lead to longer maturation time in the vineyards, creating exciting wines that are full and complex.
Excellent with grilled rack of lamb, meaty spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne or a traditional venison pie.Appellation: Western Cape, South Africa
Varieties: 50% Shiraz 50% Pinotage
Harvest Date: February & March | Vintage: 2022
ALC: 14% | RS: 3.7 | pH: 3.68 | TA: 5.12