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Producer: Swartland WineryGrape Varieties: Pinotage 35%, Shiraz 35%, Cabernet Sauvignon 29%, Merlot 1%Optimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Complex rich redAlcohol by Volume: 14.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: South Africa
Big open skies, arid deserts, the vast flowing landscape, with its unforgiving climate and rugged bush vines, this is wild country, this is Swartland. The contrast with manicured Constantia and oh-so-cool Stellenbosch couldn't be greater. But right now, Swartland is the most exciting wine region in South Africa. A new wave of winemakers are making ground-breaking wines from Rhône varietals and it is part of a revolution that has got everybody talking. The Swartland Winery is producing iconic and award winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region, so we have joined forces with them to create a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has been masterfully blended for the UK palate. We think something this good, is definitely worth talking about!
The Swartland name originates from a description of the indigenous "renosterbos" or rhino bush, which appears to turn black, ("Swart" in Afrikaans), during the summer months. This hot, dry climate has an average temperature range of 25°C to 35°C and an annual rainfall of 450 mm and 600mm, but the altitude of these vineyards creates a cool oasis in this arid landscape. Minimal intervention and environmentally friendly farming practices are paramount. The soil types vary, but Malmesbury Shale dominates, with small patches of granite and Table Mountain sandstone. The gravel sub-structure of the soil promotes good moisture retention, essential in this hot, dry climate.
The grapes came from 100% bush vine vineyards ranging in age from 25 years to 40 years. The berries were harvested at optimal phenolic ripeness. The fermentation took place at temperatures of between 24°C to 26°C. Aggressive pump overs and aeration took place during the first half of the fermentation, which gradually became shorter in frequency and duration. 0.5 grams/ litre oak were added during the fermentation and an extended skin contact was applied after the fermentation. The wine was aged in 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill French oak medium toast barrels for 18 months.
An intense brick red colour gives way to a complex and forthcoming nose with earthy aromas of forest floor, lively black berry fruit and sweet scented violets. This is a complex wine with sweet scented floral aromas, spices and vanilla backed by lively berry fruit. Full, rich and voluptuous, with firm yet refined tannins, beautiful oak integration and an excellent balance between fruit, tannin and wood. Lingering finish.
Enjoy with authentic Italian pasta, red meat dishes with rich sauces or roasted lamb.
Pinotage 68%, Shiraz 16%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Merlot 1%
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