Since 2001, this classic blend of Rhone varieties expresses perfectly how formidable yet uncomplicated this style of wine can be.
The grapes were selected from various vineyards that are located in the Stellenbosch region (Syrah), Breedekloof region (Mourvèdre) and Piekenierskloof region (Grenache). The different soil types and climatic conditions allow for warmer fruit flavors, as well as adding complexity to the wine.
The Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache were all hand-harvested, destemmed and crushed separately. The grapes are fermented in open-top fermentation tanks with pump-overs and punch-downs daily. Each variety is individually vinified. A period of post-fermentation maceration is encouraged for a gentle extraction of tannin and to soften existing tannins. Half of the Grenache undergoes whole bunch fermentation to enhance the ripe red fruit flavours of the grape. The wine is transferred to 300L French oak barrels for 18 months (30% new oak) for further barrel maturation.
Aromas of red cherries and hedgerow fruit combine with savoury spice and cured meat. Fresh berry fruit follows through on entry, with layered notes of dried apricot, cardamom, and all spice, backed up by supple but firm tannins. Juicy and medium bodied, the wine finishes on a spicy dry note, which leaves you wanting more.