PETIT VERDOT BLANC DE NOIR

2020 Vintage: Release Date November 2020

Petit Verdot Blanc de Noir 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2019: Sommelier-Winemaker Collaboration with Attie Louw of Opstal Estate, Slanghoek Valley

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2015 Vintage: SOLD OUT

Total Production: 556 bottles – 100% Petit Verdot – 12.5% vol.

Wine of Origin: Slanghoek Valley

Sommelier-Winemaker Collaboration with Attie Louw of Opstal Estate

Winemaking Notes: The idea of making a rosé from Petit Verdot stemmed from the love of what it achieves as a classic edition to a Bordeaux blend – adding an intense colour alongside a beautiful perfume. Now my plan was to harness those aromatics, but control the colour by the amount of time it spends on its skins, which are very thick, and full of tannins and anthocyanins that give such a pronounced structure and colour, respectively. As the bunches come in, they’re de-stemmed, and the grapes are pumped into a holding tank. They sit there for a matter of 4 hours, and with just the weight of the grapes acting as a press, the juice is bled off, and left to ferment naturally in very old French Oak barrels. It naturally undergoes malolactic fermentation, and the result is a fresh, lively, perfumed but structured rosé, or ‘Blanc de Noir’ in this case. Some people think that pink wines aren’t worth considering as proper expressions, which is why I decided to put something forward that could be both enjoyed at leisure, and in great quantity, and that could also stand up to all manner of potential food pairings.

2016 Vintage: SOLD OUT

Total Production: 894 bottles – 85% Petit Verdot / 7.5% Colombard / 7.5% Muscat de Frontignan – 12.5% vol.

Wine of Origin: Slanghoek Valley

Sommelier-Winemaker Collaboration with Attie Louw of Opstal Estate

Winemaking Notes: Exactly the same procedure as the previous vintage, however this year we realized that the Colombard and the Muscat were coming in at the same time, and decided to see what one of the barrels would turn out like if we did a 3-way co-ferment – the other two being straight Petit Verdot, so if it was too crazy there was always the safe option left with the other two. Long and short of it, the Colombard added a beautiful linear core, and the Muscat helped in popping those beautiful aromatics that Petit Verdot has.

2017 Vintage: SOLD OUT

Total Production: 586 bottles – 90% Petit Verdot / 10% Roussanne – 12.5% vol.

Wine of Origin: Slanghoek Valley

Sommelier-Winemaker Collaboration with Attie Louw of Opstal Estate

Winemaking Notes: Continuing once more on the same theme, however the addition of Roussanne was a novel idea just before bottling, as the maiden vintage of Roussanne was also going into bottle directly before.

2019 Vintage: SOLD OUT

Total Production: 567 bottles – 85% Petit Verdot / 7.5% Colombard / 7.5% Muscat de Frontignan – 12.5% vol.

Wine of Origin: Slanghoek Valley

Sommelier-Winemaker Collaboration with Attie Louw of Opstal Estate

Winemaking Notes: I enjoyed the 2016 style so much I wanted to do it again, however, with the sad demise of the 2018 batch, this was the first time I had released the wine without significant time in bottle. The result was a wine with a great deal more to show off about, obviously still a touch young and sassy, but willing to perform just as well as its predecessors had done. The Muscat was very prominent, but after a few months it mellowed out and blended into the subtle floral cranberry notes that the Petit Verdot so lovingly provides.