Grapes are sourced from a trellised vineyard on the upper slopes of the Fairview farm on Paarl Mountain. The vineyard was planted in 2004 on decomposed granite soils. Summer canopy management practices include removal of leaves to open the canopy to sunlight and a few tipping actions. The yield is controlled by dropping bunches post veraison.
The grapes were handpicked, and fermentation took place in stainless steel. The must underwent pump overs up to three times a day at the beginning of fermentation to assure good concentration. The intense colour and tannin of this variety, we tend to press before the end of fermentation to allow for a good balance without over extraction. The wine was matured in specifically toasted French and American oak barrels, of which 40% were new French oak barrels. The wine aged for 24 months in barrel, allowing the tannins to polymerize and soften, before being racked, lightly filtered and bottled