A big wine full of ripe dark fruit notes of plum, mulberry and black currents. Well-rounded with smooth dark chocolate undertones and firm tannins results in n wine that would mature well over 30years.
Winemaker: Louis van der Riet
Grape varietal: 87% Touriga Nacional, 13% Tinta Barocca
Portuguese varietals where planted in Calitzdorp during the late 1970’s with Tinta Barocca being the first to find its way to the Klein Karoo. Now Calitzdorp is known as South Africa’s Port Capital with these varietals leading the way. Vines are trellised and micro irrigated.
Selected bunches are handpicked mid to late February from row selected vines in specific blocks at 26o Balling. Bunches are destemmed, crushed and rapidly cooled in a lagar. Grapes are left to spontaneously start fermenting after which at the desired sugar the fermentation is stopped by adding alcohol to the must. Skins are then pressed and the wine is matured in big vats for 20 months.
Colour: Dark black colour with plum red rim.
Bouquet: Very aromatic nose of ripe red berries and cherries, stewed prunes and dark chocolate.
Taste: A big wine full of ripe dark fruit notes of plum, mulberry and black currents. Well-rounded with smooth dark chocolate undertones and firm tannins results in n wine that would mature well over 30years.
Enjoy on its own or with some well matured cheese
Alcohol: 19.26 %
RS: 91.4 g/l
Extract: 128.8 g/l
SA Wine Index – Platinum
CAPPA Top 10 ‘18
Platter’s Wine Guide: 5 stars
Tim Atkin MW 2018 Report
– 96 points
– Overall SA Fortified Wine of the Year
NWC/Top 100 Awards 2019: Grand Cru, Best in category, Top 100
Veritas ’18 – Gold
Michelangelo ’18 -Platinum