The grapes of the three cultivars used – Souzao, Tinta Barocca and Touriga Naçional – were harvested from three vineyard blocks selected based on location, gradient and age. The dryland, trellised Tinta Barocca vines, planted between 1958 and 1996, are located some 140 m above sea level on the north-eastern slopes of the Kasteelberg. The trellised and drip-irrigated Touriga Naçional vines grow in a combination of Malmesbury shale, known for its excellent water-retention capabilities, and Table Mountain sandstone.
Only the finest grapes were selected and harvested by hand at 23 ̊ to 25 ̊ Balling. The grapes were separately vinified and cold-soaked for 24 hours prior to alcoholic fermentation in open fermenters. The fermenting wine was punched down by hand four times a day until dry. It was then racked and pressed with malolactic fermentation taking place in the barrels. After the completion of malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked and returned to the same barrels (20% new wood barrels and the balance a combination of second- and third-fill French oak) where it matured for 18 months.
Red berry fruit, dark chocolate and a hint of spice
Smooth and elegant with a good concentration of sweet red fruit
Excellent enjoyed on it's own or with slightly spicy Thai and Indian dishes
Wilhelm De Vries