The Wine: The wine’s bouquet displays upfront green figs, limes and lemongrass with hints of gooseberries. The juicy and concentrated palate is notable for its intense fruit flavours. A vibrant and linear acidity in the wine ensures a lively finish.
Food Pairing: Savour this wine on its own, or with salads, seafood or slightly fragrant dishes.
Winemaker : The Winemaking Team
Wine Region: Western Cape
At a Glance: ABV: 13.74 % RS : 2.0 g/l PH : 3.22 TA : 6.5 g/l
TYPE : White STYLE : Dry CLOSURE : Cork
Platinum – SAWi Awards 2017
2015 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – Silver
Ageing: This wine will be enjoyable now or can be cellared for up to 36 months from vintage.
In the Vineyard: The winter preceding the 2015 vintage was characterized by maximum hours in the optimal range. Bud break was 10 days early. Spring to November was warm on average, but the entire growing season and most of harvest experienced cool evenings. This was fantastic for both flavour development as well as prominence of phenols like tannin and colour, which accompanied bright fruit and perfect acidity in the final result. December had warm days and unusually cool evenings, but it was also very dry with the Cape forgoing the usual December and January rains. The moisture constraint in the root zone activated hormonal responses in the vines that sped up ripening even further while ensuring great concentration. Cool evenings meant the vines recovered from the heat of the day and delicate aromatics were preserved. The surprise harvest saw everyone stretched to the limit. Nonetheless, care was taken with each parcel of fruit and the KWV team met the challenge with aplomb.
In the cellar: Skin contact of six hours was allowed in order for the wine to achieve the desired acidity. The juice settled for 48 hour, followed by careful racking. The wine was then inoculated with a specially selected yeast strain and fermented at 12 -13 ̊C to preserve the fruit flavours. Completely tank fermented, it spent 60 days on the fermentation lees, which was stirred up once a week to enhance mouth feel.