The grapes for this wine were derived from a 4-hectare vineyard, planted in 1990 at 3,704 vines per hectare, and at an altitude of 160m above sea level. The vines, planted on a west-facing slope, are trellised in order to keep the grapes cool and healthy.
The rainfall during the winter before the vintage, as well as the growing season (September - December) was less than average. The annual rainfall was 584mm for the 2010/2011 season compared to the long-term annual average of 700mm.
The harvest took place on February 2011. The grapes were picked by hand - at an average sugar level of 26° Balling - and placed in small baskets to prevent bruising.
In the cellar, the juice was given eight days’ skin contact in open tanks. It was inoculated with yeast type WE372 and left to ferment at 24° C. Secondary malolactic fermentation was completed in April 2011. The wine was matured in 70% French oak and 30% American oak for 12 months - 70% was matured in 2nd fill barrels and 30% new oak barrels.
Winemaker’s Comments The appearance is a deep ruby-red. On the nose, you will find intense dark cherry and blackberry flavours. The palate shows a medium-bodied wine, luscious fruit and subtle tannins with a lingering aftertaste.
Rating and Awards This wine is rated 3-1/2 Stars by world famous Platter’s South African Wine Guide.