The character is somewhat “wild”; a little brambly with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, dark spices, with vanilla scents and a distinct, concentrated red-fruit focus. Great for laying down and keeping for at least ten years but already rewarding if allowed to breathe in a decanter.
blend information 64% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre
food suggestions Deliciously matched with risotto, sensuously truffled pasta. Ideal for flavoursome grills, lamb and beef.
in the vineyard Region: Western Cape
Soils: Grenache from decomposed granite at 450m; Shiraz from ancient gravels onto clay
about the harvest A hand-picked selection of the first ripest fruit.
Yields: 2 - 3 tons/ha from 50 year old Grenache; 6 tons/ha from 16 year old Shiraz
in the cellar Cool soaked prior to fermentation, then taken to new French oak barrels for 12 months. At this point a further selection takes place before blending and the final blend goes back to new barrels to marry and harmonise over the following 12 months. After almost 2 years languishing in a cool cellar the Gypsy is stable with the oak and intense fruit totally harmonised. A very concentrated, focussed blend, with layers of deep fruit.
analysis alc: 14.5 | pH: 3.72 | RS: 3.3 | TA: 5.7
Top 100 SA Wine Award 2013
Tim Atkin MW - 92 points
Platter 2014 – 4½ stars