Winemaker: Louis van der Riet
Grape varietal: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca, Tinta Amarella, Tinta Roriz, Souzoa
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 blocks are handpicked mid to late February at 26o Balling. Bunches are destemmed, crushed and rapidly cooled in an open fermenter. 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 the pressed and the wine is matured in 12 months in concrete tanks before it matures another 10 months in 30 to 40 year old small 300 liter barrels.
Colour: Rick, deep, almost inky purple-red.
Bouquet: Beautiful aromatic nose of violets, red berries, vanilla and dark chocolate
Taste: Full and rich flavours fills the palate with alluring red fruits, dried prunes, cocoa and spice. Ripe tannins and balanced acidity ate brought together with well integrated alcohol and a lasting finish.
The perfect partner to most baked desserts or served as a sauce over ice cream. Excellent on its own or with well-matured cheese.
RS: 96.2 g/l
Extract: 127.2 g/l
Platter Wine Guide: 4½ stars 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016