Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Western Slopes 2016
This wine was produced from grapes from our Riebeeksrivier farm in the Swartland, which is situated on the slopes of the Riebeek Kasteel Mountains on the Malmesbury side. Our best vineyards for red varietals are found on the Southern and Western slopes of these mountains.
With lower rainfall bringing challenging conditions, the total wine grape production was lower than 2015. Even with drier weather conditions, the vineyards were healthy and produced smaller berries with high flavour concentration and good colour.
Grapes were handpicked in small lug boxes and transported to the cellar in cool trucks. After hand sorting, all components were handled and fermented separately. Fermentation was done in various vessels, this ensures that the unique characteristics of each block and cultivar are captured and emphasized. The wine was aged in a combination of 4th and 5th fill barrels for 16 to 18 months. The blend and percentages will change with each vintage, seeing that no vintage is ever the same
Gentle whiffs of violet underpin plum, blueberry and a brush of fynbos. The palate is initially plush and pillowy with plump berry notes. The intensity ramps up and an earthy and herbal element becomes apparent. Succulent and refreshing with good acidity, it remains restrained and understated with firm, dry tannin from sympathetic wood maturation. Lithe and pliable with a long, spicy tail.
CULTIVAR: 91% SYRAH 9% Grenache
AVERAGE TEMP: 17.9°C
HARVESTING BEGAN: 22/02/2016
HARVESTING ENDED: 02/03/2016
ORIGIN OF FRUIT: Riebeeksrivier (Swartland)
SOIL TYPE: Schale & Clay