2012 Vintage: SOLD OUT
Total Production: 300 bottles – 100 of which were exported to the UK in 2015
Wine of Origin: Elgin – 14% vol.
Sommelier-Winemaker Collaboration with William Everson
Tasting Notes: Almost Barolo-esque in the tar and roses elements, but without the intense tannins. Truly smoky, meaty, almost sanguine on the palate but with a delightfully soft black cherry element.
Winemaking Notes: Fruit was sourced from South Hill vineyards, and even though Elgin is cool climate, the Mourvèdre was slightly riper than expected. De-stemmed and cold-soaked for 14 days on the skins, and then pressed into an old French Oak barrel to finish fermentation. The resulting wine was insanely tannic and required a long time to mature in barrel. On bottling the wine was still incredibly intense, and benefitted from a good couple of years in bottle before being absolutely perfect to drink, and was consumed incredibly swiftly.
2017 Vintage: SOLD OUT
Total Production: 296 bottles
Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch – 14% vol.
Sommelier-Winemaker Collaboration with Alex Starey of Keermont Vineyards
Tasting Notes: Purple fruit components of blueberry and mulberry, with a cassis core and structure – a touch of smoke and meatiness but not overly prominent.
Winemaking Notes: The beauty of being able to work with professional winemakers such as Alex is that there’s always room for experimentation, as it suits a common goal of acquiring new knowledge and thinking outside the box. Here, the Mourvèdre spent 23 months in old French Oak so as to allow tannins and acidity to maneuver into position, but then required a little something extra … on final preparation of the wine, 8% Petit Verdot was added to the barrel, and the result was a welcome addition of poise, power, and structure, a bit like a corset pulling everything in together.
Accolades: Platters’ Wine Guide (Tim James): 4.5 Stars