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The grapes used for this wine originate from one of Vondeling’s highest and most temperate slopes. The roots burrow deep into nutrient poor, well weathered granite soils. This offers great consistency of concentration and aroma.
Upon arrival at the cellar the grapes are pre-chilled before processing. Once chilled they are gently de-stemmed and the berries cold soaked for two days before natural fermentation is allowed to occur. A combination of whole and crushed berries allows for a slow extraction of tannins and an intense fruit driven profile.
After fermentation, extended maceration on the skins is allowed for one week after which the wine is drained to 300 litre French oak barrels and the skins are pressed in a traditional wooden basket press.
100% malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel after which the wine is racked and returned to barrel for at least one full year. After a total time of 18 months in barrel, the wine is bottled and laid to rest for another year before finally being made available for purchase.
An intense, dark, ruby red, the nose is fragrant with blackcurrant and liquorice. Soft, smoky oak softens the black pepper vibrancy and lends an exotic lift to the nose.
Moderately tannic, the wine is elegant and balanced.