Picked early in the morning of a very hot and dry year. Destalked, crushed and pumped though the mash cooler to the press and left on the skins for 15 minutes before starting press cycle. Cold fermentation at 12ºC with a special selected Rosé yeast from France. The colour is vibrant pink with opulent tropical fruit and candy flavours. New bottle shape creates a new visual attractiveness to the wine. Only 2400 bottles produced.
Vibrant pink, best described by a friend’s lipstick colour – “Pinker Bell”. The nose is a total explosion of Turkish delight, rose petal, and sweet cherry notes. The pallet is opulent with sweet red fruits, yet the dryness and low natural acidity gives the wine easy drinkability. So far the most interesting Blanc de Noir I have made from Mourvedre.
Gold Medal - South African Womans Wine Awards 2017
A very hot and dry summer took its toll on the Rhone varietals on the estate and it was quite the challenge to work with the grapes this vintage. The Shiraz block not looking very pretty at harvest, gave the best tasting juice we ever had on the estate. In the same way the Mourvedre surprised us, with honey bees in between the bunches as harvest. Destalked and fermented in open top stainless steel fermenters with a combination of punch downs and pump overs. Aged in French and American oak (75/25) respectively and bottled after 13 months in the barrels.
Beautiful aroma of dried prunes and apricots with some hints of mushroom and forest floor. The American oak backs the wine with some “sweetness” of black cherries and vanilla. The pallet is opulent and backed with ripe soft tannins and good acidic balance.
A fantastic vintage for reds, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. We harvested by hand at first light early in the morning and finish picking before 10:00 for the grapes to enter the cellar cool with freshness. Three days on the skins cold maceration before inoculating with yeast for alcoholic fermentation with regular punching of the cap for the first third of fermentation. The new kid on the block, Malbec, ensures fantastic purple colour and a beautiful array of dark fruits and berries. Good ripeness of the grapes also gave smooth ripe tannins to the wine.
“Complexity, fullness, roundness and richness come to mind when tasting this wine. The nose is full of flavour of meaty Cabernet and the pallet gives fruitiness and richness from the Petit Verdot and Malbec. In my opinion, a much bolder and “bigger” wine than 2011. The finish is round and long lingering.”
This Chenin Blanc is pale golden straw in colour. Aromas of oak with intense fruit and a hint of spice. Pear, pineapple and citrus on the palate is backed by butterscotch and vanilla from the oak to form a complex full wine. Enjoy now well chilled or try to keep it for 5 years if you can resist.