This wine shows typical Hemel en Aarde minerality, a lovely lemon curd citrus element and textural weight on the palate. The oak is supportive, but never dominant. Bright acidity layered in supple texture and lashings of fruit weight, this wine drinks superbly now and should age well for another 5 years.
The grapes are from the Hemel & Aarde Valley in the Walker Bay, just 5km from Atlantic Ocean. Grapes are hand picked and chilled overnight before processing. 100% Whole bunch pressed to stainless steel tank for overnight settling. Racked to older French oak the following day to undergo spontaneous fermentation. MLF in barrel and then left on gross lees for the duration of 10 months. 3 barrels produced. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, while additives are limited to a small addition of suplhur prior to bottling. A harmless sediment may develop over time.
Produced by Gerhard Smith as his own project, while still part of the Creation winemaking team.