Geronimo combines Cinsault fruit from Firgrove and Bottelary, with yields down because of the drought, but quality as impressive as ever. Ethereal and fresh, this is a red for Pinot Noir drinkers, with flavours of pomegranate and Turkish Delight, fine-boned tannins and a spicy, refreshing finish. 94/100 Tim Atkin
In the vineyards
The wine is made from 2 parcels, one vineyard was planted in 1978 and is situated in the Firgrove area in Stellenbosch. The other vineyard was planted in 1989 and is from the hills of Bottelary. The vineyard from the Firgrove area gives the wine its beautiful aromatics while the vineyards from the Bottelary hills gives the wine its great chalky tannin structure. These bush vines are dryland farmed. The soils are decomposed granite with under laying sandstone which gives this wine its elegance and finesse.
In the cellar
The grapes were 100% whole bunch fermented. All grapes were left to ferment naturally with one punch down performed daily. The wines underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel. The barrels were blended together after 9 months in old French oak barrels and bottled right after. The cinsault is bottled earlier than our other red wines to maintain the crunchy fruit vibrancy unique to cinsaut. No enzymes or commercial yeast was used in making the wines.
When I was a youngster growing up in Rawsonville myself and a few friends would hike up the mountain to a swimming spot that we discovered, to reach this spot/pool, we had to jump off a 5m cliff. When it was my turn to jump, hesitation would creep in and taking that leap seemed impossible. With my friend cheering me on and reminding me that I can do it, I would take a deep breath and take that leap of faith. That few seconds in the air is indescribable! Shouting GERONIMO out of the top of your lungs. For a few seconds in the air you feel like a bird just soaring in the sky. This wine/label reminds us of the big leap of faith we took starting this big venture of ours, with friends cheering and helping us, and making us realise that we can do it. This is also symbolised by the boy jumping off a cliff in the top left-hand corner of the label. The label also shows a piece of our South African heritage in the form of the postage stamp depicting the South African national fish, the Galjoen.
Soil: Decomposed granite, clay-rich granite
Alcohol Vol%: 12,5%
Total acidity: 5.2g/l