A robust, barrel-matured blend with lavish flavours of sweet fruit and luscious chocolate mingling with savoury and hint of vanilla.
Grapes were sourced from low-yieldingold vines that are 20 years old. The soils are deep red Oakleaf and Hutton ensuring excellent water-retention and adding structure and fullness to the wines. The vines have been planted in such a way to benefit optimally from the cool Benguela current sea breezes.
Harvesting occured at optimal ripeness. Picking was done in the early morning hours to ensure the grapes arrived cool at the cellar. Dry ice and sulpher was added prior to transport to protect the grapes from oxidation. Cold soaking was done for 24 hours before inoculation. Grapes remained on the skins for 24 hours to allow for colour extraction. Reductive winemaking practises were followed to retain as much flavour and complexity in the wine as possible. Fermentation lasted between 4 and 6 days. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in 300L medium toasted Vicard and Taransaud barrels of which 10% was new French oak, 80% was second fill French oak and the remaining 10% was Hungarian oak to add spiciness. Barrel maturation lasted for 18 months whereby the wine was racked only once.