Vineyard: Pinotage from a single vineyard of bush vines planted in 1978, located in the mountains north of Clanwilliam, about 3 hours north of Cape Town. Well weathered sandy soil. The 2016 vintage came on the back of a very dry winter in 2015 and a hot growing season, these old vines that have always grown in harsh and dry conditions have weathered them magnificently, delivering precise fruit with balance.
Winemaking: 15 days natural fermentation, 15% of stems added back to the fermentation. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. Maturation was for 16 months in older French oak barrels. 10% of 2017 Cinsault from the vineyard right next to the Pinotage blended into this.
Flavour profile: An intriguing blend of ripe red fruit, with fennel and dill-like aromas on the outer edge of the flavour profile. The palate is packed with a very fine and distinct tannin adding vibrancy to balance the concentration of the fruit.
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