Vineyard: This vineyard was planted in 1952 on decomposed granite soils. The vineyard has South East exposition and is 0.86 ha in extent.
Vinification and elevage: the grapes are sorted meticulously in the vineyard and transported in small picking boxes to a refrigerated container where they are left overnight to cool. The bunches are destemmed and fermented in an old foudre while being pumped over once daily. When fermentation is almost completed, the vat is pressed and the must is moved to 500l vats for 14 months. This wine was bottled directly off its gross lees immediately after MLF.
Alcohol 13 vol%
Residual Sugar 2.1 g/l
Total Acidity (Tartaric) 5.3 g/l
Total sulphur 60 ppm
Flavour: befok and a bit of granitic tannin
They say this is the oldest Grenache vineyard in South Africa and its 12 long rows can be found on Kalmoesfontein farm. The vineyard has an energy and presence about it. The vines are magnificent and low bearing. The soils are beautifully reflected in the wine.
2600 bottles made