This juicy and supple wine smacks of 100 Swartland! Made naturally, that is, without commercial yeast and as little cellar intervention as possible.
Crafted in our Riebeek Kasteel cellar, the wine is made from two blocks of Shiraz on south west facing slopes, and mostly on deep shale soils. The vines are trellised in the old style, which in effect renders them bush vines. This creates small berries and low yields, perfect for our Shiraz with its elegant rich body, and full, fruity flavours. On the palate, the new world notes of liquorice and berries compliment old world notes of chocolate and smokiness perfectly. It has a faint peppery aftertaste and lovely long firm tannins.
The grapes were harvested by hand at between a balling of 22 and 23. Half of the tonnage was made in a stainless steel tank from destemmed and crushed berries. The rest was fermented on skins and stalks in a stainless tank. Spontaneous fermentation was allowed. The wine was matured in old 225 litre French oak barrels
Keep if you absolutely have to, but it drinks so deliciously now that mere mortals cannot resist the temptation to open a bottle and another and yet another.