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Winemakers Collection Granite Rock Blend Red 2014, Swartland Winery

Winemakers Collection Granite Rock Blend Red 2014, Swartland Winery
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Producer:  Swartland Winery
Grape Varieties:  Mourvèdre 70%, Carignan 20%, Grenache 10%
Optimum Drinking:  Within 6 years
Wine Style:  Fruity characterful red
Alcohol by Volume:  13.5%
Closure:  Screwcap
Country:  South Africa

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Winemakers Collection Granite Rock Blend Red 2014, Swartland Winery

Tasting Note

Ripe mulberry and fresh raspberry flavours upfront followed by seamless soft oak nuances. Good follow-through of the fruit flavours onto the palate, complemented by soft tannins and a long, smooth finish.

Producer Note

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 could not 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, and have created a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has been masterfully blended for the UK palate. 

Vintage

The 2014 vintage in Swartland was challenging, it was a very wet winter in 2013 which followed through into the early growing season, so yields and canopy sizes were up. The growing season was predominantly cool and coupled with the higher crop yield, the harvest started a couple of weeks later than usual, but with amazing acidity levels. A heat-wave hit the region just as harvesting started, so the producers worked flat out to get everything in on time. The incredible acidities of the grapes picked early, compared to those picked later, with slightly lower levels, meant it was a year for blending to achieve the perfect balance.

Vineyard

The soil types vary from Hutton, Clovelly, Sandy fernwood, and Kroonstad, 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.

Serving Suggestion

Enjoy with lamb, bobotie, lasagne, and barbequed red meat.

Grape

Mourvèdre 70%, Carignan 20%, Grenache 10%


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