Cobus Basson was a beloved young farm owner who lost his leg when a tractor overturned in the Carignan vineyard. Being a man of great spirit, he affectionately became known as ‘Houtbeen’ (Pegleg). This is our homage to him and the oldest Carignan vineyard in South Africa. Ideal for the drinkers on the hunt for a wine with enormous character and depth of flavour.
The Carignan grapes were picked from Bassons’ bushvine vineyards in the Swartland side of the Perdeberg Mountain. It is the oldest Carignan vineyard in the country, planted in 1972. The vines grow on Malmesbury shale soils, which provide elegance to the grapes and sheer complexity to the final wine.
The grapes were hand harvested at 24 °B, destalked, hand sorted and lightly crushed. Next, the grapes were fermented in a stainless steel tank with regular pump overs. The wine completed malolactic fermentation in 2nd and 3rd fill French barrels, with further maturation for 20 months. Only the best barrels were selected, lightly filtered and bottled.
|Wine of Origin||
Deep ruby red
Strawberry, cherry and black pepper on the nose.
The palate is fresh with flavours of raspberry and a savoury finish.
|Food Pairing Ideas||
Pair with game, especially ostrich fillet. The perfect food wine.
2009: 91 points – Tim Atkins SA Report Publication 2014
A taste of our most exceptional land that bottles a true sense of place. We produce only the highest quality selection from each vintage in small and limited batches.