“My drive for Grenache has led me to find the one and only vineyard of Grenache Gris planted in South Africa. This is the pink-skinned cousin of Grenache blanc. ‘Gris’ translates to ‘grey’, and grapes are genetically identical to Blanc or Noir grapes, but have a copper coloured skin, so the wines they produce usually tend to be darker and deeper in flavour, with more tension than a Blanc would have.
This 5-year-old vineyard is planted in the Voor-Paardeberg region just outside of Swartland. The soil is made up of decomposed granite and clay, giving it a fine texture and rich flavour.
Winemaking: To show the character that makes this grape so unique, I played around with skin contact by soaking the crushed grapes on skins for a period of 7 days before pressing to older French oak barrels. Here, a natural fermentation took place in barrels and wine spent a total of 10 months on gross lees.100% Malolactic fermentation, no fining.
A total of 4 barrels were made and bottled.”
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