" Origin: Stellenbosch (Lower Helderberg)
Vines: Cinsaut - Old dry farmed bushvines (Planted 1975)
Pinotage - Old dry farmed bushvines (Planted 1976)
Soil/s: Cinsaut – Rooted in a very light textured sandy soil from
decomposed granite. Giving the soil and roots more
breathability and secures high fragrance and flavour
development earlier on in the ripening. Also located just off the
shoreline of False bay (3km) making the day
temperstures cooler than the deeper inland Stellenbosch.
Pinotage – Very similar soils than the Cinsaut. Sandy
decomposed granite that follows through into the deep
subsoil. Some pink quarts give this soil a rare
appearance and contributes to its unique ripening. Also
forms fragrance and flavour intensity much earlier on in the season
than Pinotage on clay soils. This is the closest vineyard towards the
shore of False Bay (Far South East of Stellenbosch).
Harvest: Cinsaut – From a vineyard less than 1.5km away from the
winery. Hand harvested early in the morning when grapes are
lively and fresh and placed into 18kg lugboxes, which gets
transported to and processed at the winery within 1 hour of
harvest (securing its vibrant perfume and flavour). 70% of the Cinsaut
underwent a semi-carbonic fermentation (wholebunches) where the
other 30 was destemmed and handsoaked during fermentation.
Manually basket pressed after fermentation and placed into old French
oak barrels. Malo in barrel and aged on its lees for 6 months before
blending and bottling (unfiltered and unfined). No additives or
manipulations to the juice or wine, just pure wine with small amount of
sulphites added before bottling.
Pinotage – Also hand harvested like the Cinsaut, this vineyard also
close by the winery (making it easy to bring in fresh and vibrant
grapes). 100% was semi-carbonic wholebunch fermentation that lasted
through a long and steady natural fermentation. Basket Pressed into
old French Oak barrels where it underwent malo and aged on
its lees for 6 months. Blended with the Cinsaut portion a few days
before bottling. Hand bottled unfiltered and unfined. No additives or
manipulations to the juice or wine.
Stylistic: Celebrating the essence of Cinsaut, a thin skinned variety, on sand
soils close to the ocean. Light, elegant and delicate red with complexity
and grainy tannins cementing a long follow.
Nose: The nose is as close as possible to the smell of the actual Cinsaut
grapes present in the vineyard during harvest. Ellegantly perfumed with
red cherry, pomegranates, floral and some wild berries. White pepper
lurks behind the stage.
Palate: Light and long. More taste less tannin. Flavours of red current,
raspberry and goji berry are cemented by fine grained tannins on a
long and refreshing follow. Decently kept acidity adds to the vibrancy of
Colour: Deep Magenta to light red hue. A vibrant colour from healthy and fresh
Food: Certainly a wine easily enjoyed on its own, before a meal. From lighter
styles of Mediterranean dishes, fresh and vibrant summer salads and
even adding freshness to any pork dish. Fits perfectly with beef or
game meat tartar."
87% Cinsaut, 13% Pinotage