Light in body with a nose of by pomegranate and red summer berries like wild strawberry, raspberries. Very soft tannins and hardly any oak character. The wine was made to be enjoyed at release, but should improve with age for up to 3 years after. It is ideal to be enjoyed slightly chilled on its own or with aromatic foods, pizza, charcuterie and firm cheeses. 3330 bottles made.
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|Winemaker||Willie & Gavin Brand|
|Blend||98% Grenache, 2% Syrah|
The grapes were hand picked in the morning, destemmed into open neutral fermentation vessels with cooling plates and fermented naturally. Pump overs and punch downs were performed twice daily to daily during the end of the fermentation. 80% of the free run and pressed wine was racked to tank and 20% to old 225L and 300L French oak barrels in which it matured for 11 months. A small percentage of Syrah was added to improve mouth feel, add a bit of tannin and make the wine slightly darker in colour. The wine was racked from tank and barrel before blending and bottling, unfined and not cold stabilised with a very light filtration at bottling.
Grape are picked from a 9 year old single trellised, irrigated vineyard, Spruitdrift
area, Olifants River, West Coast, South Africa.