This wine didn’t quite fit my narrative in August last year…
…but it’s time to dig this out of my backpocket as I’ve been dipping into the various vintages ever since. Created from vineyards planted in Piekernierskloof in 1973, this wine certainly fits the old vine exploration…and a delayed celebration of Grenache Day.
Medium garnet with a medium nose of blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, earth, pepper, cloves, cardamom. These are mostly repeated on the palate. Along with medium- body, medium+ acidity, fine tannins, and a lovely spicy finish.
Viti & Vini:
These ungrafted bush vines are planted 750m above sea level. The unirrigated vines grow in sandy, loam soil. Handpicked, cold soaked for 24 hours with MLF completed in tank. Matured for 12 months – 80% in old barriques, 20% into a combo of new French and American oak.
Balance (1) + Length (1) + Intensity (½) + Complexity (½) = A good wine.