VARIETY: Shiraz (60%) and Pinotage (40%)
VITICULTURE: Soils: from deep gravelly loams with rock to shallow weathered granite clays, a representation across the property. Aspect & Elevation: North-West from 180-275m above sea level at 8km from the Atlantic Ocean. Trellis & Plant Density: 50:50 spur and Guyot pruned on fence type trellis at 5,000 to 3,300 plants per hectare. Harvest dates: Starting with Pinotage on 15th Feb (off east facing gravels) & 4th March (off south facing clays) and ending with Syrah 25th March (off elevated sea facing sands) - 22nd April 2010 (off north facing stony clays).
WINEMAKING: Cellar door: de-stemmed, whole berry with cold soak for up to 5 days. Fermentation: 30% wild yeast in large oak vats and balance with selected yeasts in closed stainless steel red wine fermenters. Post fermentation 8 separate batches taken separately to barrel. Maturation: Individual batches are matured for 18 months with a single racking after MLF. The batches were blended after tasting input from the entire staff. Bottled: 8th November 2010 and matured for at least 18 months in our cellars before release. Composition: 18 months 225 & 500 L French oak barrels - 50% new wood. Production: 15,000 bottles (1,250 x 12 cases).
TASTING NOTES: This wine, a "Cape" blend embodies what is Sumaridge, the location. A seamless integration showing brooding fruit counterbalanced with savouriness which encompasses - wild plumb, white spice, smoky meat, damp earth and a luxuriant finish. Friendly but not overbearing, diverse in flavour with complimentary expression of all components to present a well-balanced whole, leaving a lasting impression with a desire to return. An expression of Africa.
Residual Sugar 3.1 g/l (+/- 0.5 g/l)
Alcohol: 14.31% vol (+/- 0.2% vol)
Total Acid: 6.2 g/l (+/- 0.25 g/l)
pH: 3.52 (+/- 0.05)