“From Stellenbosch, Swartland and 30 year old Piekenierskloof vines, 2015 is powerful but shows restraint too, floral delicacy to spicy fruit & peppery oak, impressive persistence.”
Winnie Bowman – Cape Wine Master
After reaching tremendous international and local success with Stellenrust, owners Tertius Boshoff and Kobie van der Westhuizen decided to take things back to their roots to create wines without boundaries. The old Bottelary cellar was reinstated and the birth place of one of the first artisan wines created by a passion for old vineyards. The Eight Pillars refer to the eight grape varieties used in the blend. 4 of which believed to be the sexy future of SA wine and 4 the foundation stones of the Stellenbosch wine industry paying homage to our past.
In the vineyards
The grapes are harvested from a combination of older bush vines – all 30 years plus. Syrah, Bordeaux grape components and Pinotage from Stellenbosch, Grenache from Piekenierskloof and Cinsaut and Carignan from the Swartland.
In the cellar
Grapes are picked between 24 and 26 Balling, – NO crushing of the grapes is allowed and wild yeast fermentation techniques applied. 34% is whole bunch fermented. The wine is then drained from the skins through a gravity drip system to the bottom of the cellar where the barrel room is. Here it finishes malolactic fermentation and ages for about 18 months in 20% French oak, where after the best barrels are selected, blended and put back into barrels for another 6 months.
56% Shiraz, 11% Carignan 11% Grenache, 8% Cinsaut, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Pinotage
This wine offers white pepper spice and some lifted violet notes on the nose with a dark brooding undertone. These flavours carry forward to a spicy palate, with some gamey notes at first followed through by a structured velvet aftertaste crafted by the Bordeaux varieties.
This JJ Handmade Reserve will compliment North Indian Curries or other spicy dishes; the Pinotage evident enough to balance strong food flavours.
Total Acidity: 5.7g/L