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In an area where annual rainfall is a third lower than in Stellenbosch, where the mean mid-summer (February) temperat...Read more...
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In an area where annual rainfall is a third lower than in Stellenbosch, where the mean mid-summer (February) temperature is three degrees higher than in Stellenbosch and where altitudes are generally 200m lower, the pervading mentality has always been that the Swartland is wheat and table grape country - and certainly not premium wine country. This bias is beginning to be seriously challenged. With the combination of the cool maritime breezes, the higher altitude, the granitic sub-soils and the favourable exposures, the Perdeberg Mountain possesses potentially some of the most ideal conditions in the Cape to produce world-class wines. The mineral soils and the climatic idiosyncrasies create a simply idyllic environment for varieties such as Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Shiraz, Viognier, Chenin as well as various others. The Shiraz and Grenache vary in age from 6 to 10 years old whilst the Carignan is 30 years old. Yields are low, at about 30 - 35 hl per hectare. Many bunches were shrivelled raisin-like; everything needing a thorough manual-triage. Having sorted through every bunch by hand the vineyard workers were able to salvage something from a super hot vintage. All was not lost - indeed these wines have beautiful intensity and inexplicable backbone, even if the yields were 40% less wine than expected. The vibrant and immensely lively purple hue of this wine shines out of the glass. Its intricate spice and wild bush aromas grab your curiosity, whilst preparing the senses for a highly individual and aromatic palate. A vinous and wonderfully weighted mouth feel combines with an array of lavender, spices and blueberries. A distinctly mineral quality pervades the palate and creates lift and freshness in the flavours and a subtle, complex finish. A really delightful wine which is as much of a breath of fresh air as it is intriguing.
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