Winemaker: Christoff de Wet
Grape varietal: Verdelho
This Verdelho vineyard was planted in 2015 and is situated on the banks of the Gamka-river. Planted in old clay river bed soils, the vines produce low yields. Micro irrigation is used during dry stages of the season. Vines are Perold trellised and row direction is east–west, to reduce direct sunlight exposure and thus preserve maximum natural acids and fruit flavours.
Grapes are harvested towards the end of January and early in the day to keep the grapes as cool as possible. Grapes are crushed and separated from the skins immediately after which the juice is cleared and cool fermented. Once the fermentation is completed, the wine is racked and kept on its fine lees in 3rd and 4th fill barrels for 12 months before bottling.
Colour: Golden yellow.
Bouquet: On the nose it shows aromas of ripe melon and lime, apricot and toasted almonds and flavours of honeysuckle, orange peel and straw opens up to floral blossoms, spice and vanilla oak.
Taste: Full bodied wine with ripe fruit on the palette. Smooth and elegant, with dried orange, nuts and soft oak, an integrated acidity and fine tannins.
Food pairing: Great accompaniment with seafood, especially salmon and sea trout. Slow roasted pork loin or a typical Cape Malay Curry.
TA: 5.8 g/l
RS: 2.1 g/l
Tim Atkin MW 92 points (2020 vintage)