The nose is shy but beguiling with notes of lime, peach and elderflower while the palate is lean, fresh and savoury on the finish – angular in the best way, a striking example of the variety.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100
Although not registered as such, this wine comes from a single vineyard 1.86ha in size. The vineyard was planted in 2004, and was removed after this last harvest. The vineyard lies in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. The appelation is shale based, and the vineyards are positioned mid slope at an elevation of 400m, facing east. The cold Atlantic Ocean is 10km away and acts as a giant air-conditioner. Shallow top soils consist of a gravelly sandstone and clay loam. Below this are ancient clay shales.
Harvest was on the 28th February. The grapes were hand-picked and carefully placed, whole cluster, into small stainless steel tanks. The tanks were sealed and filled with CO2, allowing an oxygen free carbonic maceration to occur. The tanks were opened after five weeks and suprisingly, the berries were still green and completley in tact. The whole clusters were then foot stomped to free the juice and allow a natural fermentaion to begin. After three days of skin contact fementation, the grapes were pressed in our old basket press. The juice was put into old French barriques where fermentation was completed. The wine remained in barrels, sur lie and undisturbed for 16 months. It was then racked from barrel and
bottled without fining or filtration.