With over 600 hectares of land across 5 appellations; our team has the privilege of working with 31 different grape varieties. We’re delighted to offer you the limited opportunity to experience a handcrafted, one-off blend that truly breaks the mould. Every vintage, the vines whisper an irreplaceable story which we choose to bottle. This fourth Broken Barrel batch tells the intriguing tale of two crossed varieties, one from a local viticulturist and one from a French botanist. By blending the two varieties they created, we pay homage to two icons who devoted their lives to Vitis vinifera
A unique blend made from two crossed varieties. The local Pinotage, a cross of Cinsault and Pinot Noir developed by Dr. Abraham Perold, and the French-born Durif (also known as Petite Sirah), a cross of Syrah and Peloursin developed by the elusive French botanist, Dr. François Durif. The Pinotage is grown in the Swartland and the Durif on the granite rich soils of Paarl Mountain as trellised and irrigated vines.
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Grapes were destemmed, crushed and fermented separately in open top wooden foudres. Pump overs and punch downs (pigeage) were done 3-4 times per day during fermentation to extract flavour, colour and tannins from the berries. Finally, the wine was pressed and matured in barrels for 24 months. A combination of French and American 225L oak barrels were used of which 20% were new, first fill oak barrels.
Deep red in colour, this wine is instantly seductive, with notes of blackberries, plum, cocoa bean and spice. The unique blend forms a modern full bodied wine, balanced with integrated yet firm tannin. The palate follows through with spice and dark fruit flavours. Drink now or age up to 8 years.
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Deep red in the glass
Notes of blackberries, plum, cocoa bean and spice