Vinification: Mourvèdre grapes are sourced from Malmesbury and Syrah from Agter-Paarl. The Mourvèdre grapes are organically grown in shale soils and the Syrah from decomposed granite. Vines are trellised on vertically shoot positioned systems. Grapes were manually harvested in mid-February at optimal seed and vine ripeness. 100% de-stemming with no crushing gave a whole berry component of about 80% in stainless steel fermenters. Local yeasts were inoculated for primary fermentation that lasted for 14 days. Daily pump-overs for maximum flavour and tannin extraction were applied. The mash was pressed and gravity fed to 225 litre second and third fill French oak.
The blend of Mourvèdre (13.5%) and Syrah (86.5%) was lightly filtered prior to bottling after 20 months of barrel maturation. The wine was bottled in October 2006.
|John Platter Ratings||4 stars|
|Winery / Producer||Catherine Marshall|
|Grape Variety||Rhône Style Blend|
|Bottle Size||Bottle 75cl|
|Residual Sugar||2.10 g/l|