This wine is a blend of 81% Shiraz, 10% Grenache and 9% Mouvedre. The Shiraz originates from the Walker Bay region and Elim and the Grenache and Mouvedre from Darling.
The period preceding the 2007 season was virtually perfect for wine-making purposes – a cold winter, cool spring-time, welcome early summer rains and a dry January. Few problems were encountered and only routine leaf management and other practices were required until the end of January, when the Boland was hit by an extended heat wave. This condition deprived early varietals of their valuable hanging time and forced wine-makers into earlier harvesting. Temperatures became mild again and allowed the Shiraz gradual ripening. Flavours and analyses were good, with good acid and pH levels. Grapes were also exceptionally healthy.
The Bot River vineyards are trellised and grow in shallow shale with clay deeper down. The area is extremely windy. Vineyards are managed organically and produce grapes with a very good colour and exceptional tannin structure. The Shiraz vineyards of Elim are also trellised and grow in shale with a layer of “kofﬁeklip” (coffee stone). This, combined with the cool climate, produces wines with intense perfume ﬂavours and a minerally palate. The Grenache originates from dry-land bush vines that grow in deep yellow Clovelly (weathered granite). The Mouvedre, trellised, is of the same origin. Grapes with an attractive fruity character are yielded in this area, while the diverse terroirs ensure wines with depth and complexity.
Wines in the blend were harvested, sorted, fermented and matured separately. After 24 months in new 225-litre French oak barrels, the wine was blended and transferred to 500-litre second-ﬁll barrels for a further 24 months. The wine was bottled in September 2011. Only 3 000 bottles were produced.
The combination of a good vintage and 48 months of wood maturation has produced a wine with exceptional depth, complexity and personality. The intensely distinctive nose shows rose petal perfume with black berry and mulberry fruit, as well as cinnamon and black pepper spice. On the palate there are powdery tannins, surrounded by a ﬂeshy fullness and lingering minerally freshness. Enjoyed at its best between eight and twelve years after vintage.
Alcohol 14,19% vol
Residual sugar 2,8 g/l
Total acid 5,7 g/l