The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering after taste.
Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe
Varietal blend: 32% Roussanne
– 23% Chardonnay
– 23% Chenin Blanc
– 15% Viognier
– 7% Grenache Blanc
Alcohol content: 14%
TA 5.64 g/l
Vertical shoot positioned vineyards allow for optimum ripening and ideal sunlight exposure of fruit. There is a good exposure of slopes to cooling Southern breezes off False Bay. Vineyards are established on slopes with soils of weathered granite and sandstone. Yields are controlled to between 7 and 8 tons per hectare.
2016 was an exceptionally early vintage with grapes ripening quickly. Warm evening temperatures necessitated early harvest to ensure fruit with sufficient natural acidity.
Grape varieties were picked across a range of different ripeness levels, sorted and whole bunch pressed after pre- chilling. Fermentation occurred naturally in small French oak barrels and cement eggs. Total ageing was 10 months from vintage with blending occurring after 8 months. A light filtration and fining took place before bottling.