Other recent vintages:  2017  

This Grenache is grown on a small plot in the Fijndraai hills, a few kilometers from the maritime influence of False Bay. The wine is light, fresh, and approachable. A youthful, deep ruby in color, with good intensity on account of the low production per vine. On the nose there is a distinctive floral fleshy fruit quality intensified by black pepper, spice and a sanguine note. The palate is medium bodied with intense crushed dark fruit, peppery spiciness and an intricate fairy-dust like tannic structure.

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  • South Africa    Coastal Region    Stellenbosch
  • 100%
  • Alcohol
  • Certified sustainable
  • Natural wine
  • Oak
      40% matured 12 months in French oak
  • Production
      300 cases
  • Residual sugar
      2.1 g/l
  • Vegan
  • Award
      90 points, Wine Enthusiast
  • Award
      92 points, Platter's South African Wine Guide

Trellised vines allow Chris to precisely manage the canopy to enhance the wine's complexity and balance. The small crop is harvested at modest sugar levels but at full flavour-ripeness to ensure moderate alcohol, bright acidity, freshness, and fruit expression.

Hand harvested and cooled overnight, the grapes are partially de-stemmed and crushed with some whole berries and bunches remaining. The first stage of fermentation is un-innoculated, with a neutral Rhône strain inoculated later to complete fermentation. Only 40% of the free run juice is barrel-aged in French oak, the remaining 60% is aged in cement tanks.