Cape Granite Red is crafted from Shiraz, Grenache and Tempranillo to produce a fine wine on these Southern Paarl slopes. Shiraz shows its bold nature, Grenache its subtle sweet fruit flavours and Tempranillo its robust structure.
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The grapes are from our Estate vineyards on the upper slopes of Paarl mountain, grown on decomposed granite soils with supplementary drip irrigation. The Grenache is planted as bush vines and the Shiraz and Tempranillo vineyards are trellised. The vines undergo summer canopy management practices such as suckering and tipping to ensure sufficient sunlight penetrates the canopy. The grapes were picked by hand very early in the morning, which allowed for the grapes to be delivered cold to the cellar, where they were destalked and gently crushed. The fermentation took place on the skins in stainless steel tanks for 10 days with pumpovers 3 times a day. After fermentation the skins were pressed and the wine was allowed to mature in a combination of French and American 225 litre oak barrels (10% new) for 12 months before blending and bottling.
Mid to late February 2014
|Wine of Origin||
Grenache 20%, Shiraz 65%, Tempranillo 15%
Bright garnet red in colour
aromas of red cherries, vanilla and black pepper on the nose
Medium bodied palate with dark cherries, plums and well integrated tannins on the finish
|Food Pairing Ideas||
Great with grilled lamb cutlets with caramelised pear, hearty chicken casserole or spaghetti bolognese