Technical information and Tasting notes

Harvest date: March 1 2008 Growing region : Stellenbosch South-Africa Crushing regime : None Pre-fermentation treatment : Crushed, destemmed and pressed to settle Fermentation : Natural fermentation in 2nd fill French oak barrels and Stainless Steel Cases produced : 250 Bottling date : September 2008

Vineyard: The vineyard was vested in 1970 on the top of the Bottelary Hill at an altitude of 450 to 480 metres above sea level. The altitude and exposure to the prevailing winds keep the vines cool in summer. The soils are derived from granite that ensures water retention so that the vines are well buffered against drought.

Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked on the 1st of March crushed, destemmed and pressed to settle overnight. During fermentation the lees was battonaged to keep it in suspension and when the wine was quiet the barrels were rolled to prevent oxidation and keep the lees in suspension. After six months in barrel the wine was racked, lightly filtered and bottled.

Tasting Notes: The wine shows a dense straw colour with a green tinge. Aroma - it is a very complex and concentrated wine with dense layers of flavours of minerality, citrus, tropical fruit, spices and spicy oak. The complex flavour spectrum repeats in the mouth with power and elegance and a long citrus/spicy/rich finish.

Awards: Gold at 2007 Veritas awards

Alc.: 13.5%
RS: 2.5 g/l
pH: 3.22
T.A.: 6.4 g/l

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