The Viognier grapes for this wine are predominantly grown on deep Oakleaf soils in our vineyards near Malmesbury in the Swartland. This bushvine vineyard is unirrigated and was planted in 2001 on rootstock Richter 99.
HARVEST DATE: 3 February 2009
The Viognier grapes were hand-picked at 25.0°B. The bunches were not de-stalked and the fruit was whole bunch pressed. Fermentation took place in old French oak barrels, and lasted 14 days. Malolactic fermentation was not allowed, but the wine was left on its lees for 11 months before being bottled, with batonnage (stirring) weekly.
The vineyard is starting to mature well and producing fruit with complexity and great potential. The intense fruit character of the wine is well-supported by the addition of oak, making a bold wine with good aging potential. Charl du Plessis
Light bronze in the glass. Perfumed aromas of tropical fruit and candied orange peel. Spicy complexity and rich mouthfeel, with ripe fruit reappearing on the palate. Perfume and warming spice continue for an elegant and lengthy finish.