Circumstance Mourvedre, StellenboschCircumstance Mourvedre, StellenboschCircumstance Mourvedre, Stellenbosch

Circumstance Mourvedre, Stellenbosch


Circumstance Mourvedre, Stellenbosch

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An elegant rendition of this normally unruly varietal. Features raspberry, dark fruit and herbal notes whilst an almost meaty, wild aroma can be detected on the nose. Typical vigour expected from this varietal, with a high concentration of fine tannin and a surprising lightness of touch helped by the lower alcohol.  


Living soils and a natural approach to wine making means that each of the single-varietal wines in the Circumstance range is truly defined by the circumstances influencing the chosen varietal and vineyard blocks, including: soil, aspect, altitude and vintage. The Mourvedre is from a single, windswept, south facing (less sun exposure) block 250-300m above and a mere 2 miles from The Atlantic. These factors combine to produce low yields, balanced grapes and wines with a true sense of place. Production was a miserly 4 tons per hectare. Mourvedre is one of the few varietals with enough wind-resistance to plant as bush-vines on Waterkloof. Grapes are hand-harvested and brought to the cellar by horses for hand-sorting. Bunches are sorted and whole-bunch fermentation happens spontaneously with wild yeast in large, open-top wooden fermenters. Manual punch-downs or foot-pressing take place 1-2 times per day and the wine is left on skins for 30 days before going through malolactic fermentation in old 600 litre barrels then ageing for 16 months in the same vessels. No fining, just a light filtration. No additions other than sulphur. Vegan friendly, biodynamic wine. 6 barrels made. 


It can be paired with a variety of dishes but should show well with wild boar or lamb on the grill.


Producer:  Waterkloof
Grape Varieties:  Mourvedre
Optimum Drinking:  Within 8 years
Wine Style:  Rich complex weighty red wine
Alcohol by Volume:  13.5%
Closure:  Cork
Country:  South Africa
Style / Colour:  Red

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