“Grenache forms part of the Swartland “Big Five” grape varieties. A personal favourite that always out performs under extreme conditions like that we have experienced with the recent Cape Drought. This wine shows great depth and exotic spices.” – Charl du Plessis
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Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape of Good Hope in search of exotic spices. Their nerve and dash inspire the Spice Route philosophy. We have found our signature wine style in the rolling hills along the Cape’s West Coast, where unirrigated vines produce grapes with small, thick-skinned berries – ripe fruit that is dense, rich and full-flavoured. A passionate dedication to quality and traditional hand-crafting captures the essence of this fruit in our wines. De Bron was the nickname given to the town of Malmesbury before British rule, as Bron is the Dutch word for a thermal water spring and the area was known for its healing hot springs and dry air.
IN THE VINEYARD:
The Grenache used for this wine was selected from a single vineyard block planted in 2001 on Klein Amoskuil farm. This dryland bush vine block is about 280m above sea level and grown on well drained decomposed granite soils. This vineyard has consistently produced wine that reflects a true sense of place and worthy to be part of the Terra de Bron series.
16 February 2016
We harvested the vineyard almost three weeks earlier than in 2015. This is due to the dry conditions of the 2016 growing season. The grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted before fermentation took place in 2-tonne open fermenters for 14 days. Manual punch downs were applied twice daily during fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was racked off and transferred to old 225 litre French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and maturation, where it spent 16 months in barrel before bottling. The wine was released after 17 months of bottle ageing. Only 11 barrel of this wine was produced!!
Strawberry, herbs and hints of white pepper on the nose. Good depth of fruit on the palate, exotic spices and well integrated oak finish.
2015: 93 points – Tim Atkins SA Report Publication 2017
2016: Top 100 status/Double Platinum awards – NWC/Top 100 SA Wines 2017