Wildehurst Tempranillo 2017

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Wildehurst is owned by Joanne Hurst, who planted her garden vineyard in 2006 and produced the first wines in 2009. In 2013 she was joined by winemaker, Sheree Nothnagel. Together they make minimal intervention wines from grapes hand harvest from the Swartland.

The Wine:

Medium garnet in colour with a shy nose of salty black cherries, tomatoes, weak black tea, rose petals, leather, tobacco and dried mushroom powder.

Dry, medium bodied and low tannins. Florals, raspberries, oranges, cranberries, salty charcuterie, musk, cooked fruits, tomatoes. Medium length finish. It takes a moment to open up, but it’s a really pretty wine.

Vini + Viti:

Dryland Tempranillo bushvines from the Swartland. The grapes were destemmed and crushed before natural fermentation, after which there was extended skin contact. The wine was aged in old French oak for 18 months before bottling.

Conclusion:

Balance (1) + Length (½) + Intensity (1) + Complexity (1)  = A very good wine 

Drink now, but potential for further ageing.

Final Thoughts:

All the labels feature a crest designed by Joanne, using components that have meaning to her. Spot the two Schnauzers (best dogs ever!), olive branches and aloe leaves (both found throughout the Swartland) and the amphora (stoneware amphora are used in their winemaking).

Sadly, as of May 2020, Wildehurst winery is now for sale.

Find the Wine:

www.wildehurst.co.za

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