Tasting note: Blackberry, sweet dark fruit on the palate with hints of cloves and aniseed. Well balanced with elegant integrated tannins. A smooth, long finish with lingering olive and black fruit flavours.
Cultivars Grenache Noir 36%, Cinsaut 32%, Mourvedre 26%, Tannat 6%
Style Northern Rhone style, plush, succulent, aromatic
Area of origin Western Cape
ABV 13.0% pH: 3.42 RS: 2.41g/lt
The grapes are sourced from Piekenierskloof vineyards with low yields. Harvesting occurred in early March. Each of the components were picked at optimum ripeness allowing the tannin influence to peak before picking commenced. Harvesting occurred in the early morning to preserve freshness and flavour, and the bunches were de-stalked prior to crushing.
Low pressure crushing occurred, and fermentation took place on the skins in stainless steel tanks for 10 days with pump overs 3 times a day. Each component was fermented separately and blended afterwards.
Gold Medal Sakura Wine Awards Japan
89 Points Tim Atkin South Africa Report