VARIETY: Syrah (77%), Carignan (12%), Grenache (7%), Viognier (3%) and Chenin Blanc (1%).
VINIFICATION: Farmed dry-land, thus not irrigated. All the vines are bush vines, aged between 30-45 years. The vines are planted on "Lammershoek decomposed granite soil". The grapes were selected from the best performing vineyards. These highly-concentrated berries were handpicked early in the morning into small lug boxes and cooled overnight. The following day the grapes were processed separately. Various winemaking techniques were used to make this Rhone style blend. The techniques included some carbonic as well as whole-bunch maceration on the Syrah, partially destemmed batches of Grenache and Carignan as well as some co-fermentation with white varietals added. After 11 months aging in old 500L French oak barrels and 2000L foudres the wine was carefully blended together to create this unique and expressive Red Blend enjoyed by Franz Beckenbauer.
TASTING NOTES: A well-balanced and elegant blend capturing the Swartland terroir. Delicious aromas of fresh fruit rounded off with hints of spicy undertones and refined tannins on the palate. The wine is carefully crafted and blended. Colour: vibrant ruby. Nose: sweet red berry flavours with a hint of ground white pepper. Palate: phenolic ripe and refined tannin structure with a delicious cassis flavour and a smooth and lingering aftertaste.
Residual Sugar 1.77 g/l (+/- 0.5 g/l)
Alcohol: 13.81% by vol (+/- 0.2% vol)
Total Acid: 5.41 g/l (+/- 0.25 g/l)
pH: 3.59 (+/- 0.05)