The 2016 vintage was picked in the normal picking window which is at the beginning of the second week of February. The 2015 winter was the first of the very dry spell we are still experiencing. We received just over 300mm of rain which is half of our long term average annual rainfall forecast. The growing season was also warm and dry, which resulted in a small, healthy crop with small berries and bunches and loads of concentration in the wine. The wine is dark and brooding with firm tannins and structure and will certainly age well.- Anthony de Jager
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The grapes were harvested ripe at 25°C. Only the best bunches were selected in the vineyard and transported to the cellar in crates. The grapes were destemmed and the berries were hand-sorted and transferred to large wooden vats (open fermentors). Punch downs were done 3 times a day, mixing the skins for optimum flavour and colour extraction. The wine was basket-pressed and allowed to complete malolactic fermentation in 225l French barrels. The wine was racked and matured in French barrels (40% new oak) for 20 months. The best barrels were selected, blended and bottled.
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Intense dark red
Aromas of red currants, black cherries and oak spices on the nose with concentrated dark fruit
Dark fruits, savoury spices and velvety tannins