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. 30-year-old vines are planted in shallow Karoo sand/clay on Buffelsvlei. 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 de-stemmed, crushed and rapidly cooled in a small open fermenter. Grapes are left to spontaneously start fermentation. At the desired sugar-level, the fermentation is stopped by adding alcohol to the juice. The wine is then 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.
Pair beautifully with most baked desserts or in a sauce over ice cream. Enjoyed with well matured cheese or simply on its own.
Alcohol: 19.03 %
RS: 98.4 g/l
Extract: 125.9 g/l
Veritas ’18 – Double Gold
Michelangelo ’18 -Platinum
SA Wine Index – Platinum
CAPPA Top 10 ‘18
NWC Top 100 ’18 – Double Gold
Veritas 2017: Gold medal
Platter’s Wine Guide: 4½ stars
Tim Atkin MW 2017 Report
– 96 points
– Overall SA Fortifies Wine of