Fermentation differed according to variety, with fermentations
taking on average eight to 10 days with regular but light pumpovers
for colour and fine tannin extraction. All components were matured
in older French oak barrels for subtlety and integration for a year
before blending. The wine was bottled after a light filtration.
On the nose: Lively mixed berry fruits and spice. A very pronounced
wine with overlaid pepper spice and a hint of oak.
Palate: Young and vibrant plum, cherry and mulberry notes. Fruit
mid-palate with spiciness. The Shiraz imparts a juicy fruit core while
the Mourvèdre component softens and intensifies the mid-palate
with discernible gummy fruit notes. An easy silky palate – well
integrated and smooth, with a lingering dark berry fruit finish.
Ripe tannin imparts good drinkability that offers a broad appeal.
The grapes were sourced from vineyards grown in a cross-section of
regions and specifically selected for their expressive varietal notes.
These soils typically tended to be derived from decomposed granite
and so-called Table Mountain sandstone. Vineyard tactics included
pruning to two-bud spurs, shoot removal, bunch thinning, green
harvesting and canopy management for best ripeness and quality.
Grapes were hand-harvested from mid-February to mid-March at an
average ripeness between 24 and 25°B. The 2015 growing period was
dry and hot, resulting in good quality grapes with silky ripe tannins.
81% Shiraz & 19% Mourvèdre
|Residual Sugar||4.5 g/ℓ|
|Total Acid||5.8 g/ℓ|