The Tinta Barocca grapes for this wine were sourced from dry land, trellised vineyards, planted between 1958 and 1996, situated 140 m above sea level and facing south-east. The Shiraz grapes come from trellised, south-facing vineyards planted in Malmesbury shale between 60 m and 300 m above sea level. These low-yielding vines were planted in 1969.
The grapes were hand-harvested at 23°to 25° Balling in mid-February. The juice was fermented on the skins for five to seven days at 25°C. After alcoholic fermentation the wine was racked of the skins and pressed. Malolactic fermentation was done in stainless steel and cement tanks. The wine was then barrel matured for 8 months in second and third fill barrels. This wine will mature well for 8 to 10 years.
Fresh red berries with sweet strawberry aromas and fynbos notes, enhanced by subtle oak spice.
A soft and elegantly-structured wine with fresh flavours of red berries and cherries, backed by spicy cedar oak. The flavours combine to produce a wine with complex flavours and excellent drinkability.
The winemaker recommends serving this wine with poultry, veal and red meat dishes or savouring it on its own.
Wilhelm De Vries