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 a 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 old 300 liter barrels. Before bottling wine from different vintages are blended in a tank and heavy toasted oak blocks are added to give the desired roasted coffee mocha flavors.
Colour: Dark deep red.
Bouquet: Beautiful aromatic nose of Mocha and coffee, dark chocolate vanilla with underling notes of violets and plums
Taste: Full on the palate with alluring red fruits, dried prunes and cocoa. Well balanced tannins ending with lovely roasted coffee bean flavours.
Pairs great with most baked dessert or reduced as a sauce over ice cream, great on its own or a replacement for coffee.
RS: 96.2 g/l
Most Innovative Wine 2012:
Wine Awards 2012
Platter 4½ Stars 2017