ONE MAN BAND
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THE RED BLEND VINEYARDS
These vineyards are planted in warmer, drier conditions ensuring that the Syrah produced there is not for sissies. It is dense and powerful, but with bags of ripe red berry fruit and spice.
It provides the warmth in the blend that is a perfect counterpoint to the coolness of the Iona contributions.
Planted in 1999 on two vineyards on Houwhoek. The two blocks make a total of 1.58 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The cool climate means that we can produce Cabernet Sauvignon that is beautifully flavour ripe at 13.5% alcohol.
The typical flavour profile is classically Cabernet with deep, dark cassis and cigar box aromas.
As with the Mourvèdre, we produce about 2-3 barrels of Petit verdot annually. Petit verdot is a classic, late-ripening variety from Bordeaux. It is very tannic and dark, but brings great colour, structure and aromatics to the blend. Look out for it as an undertone of violets on the blend when it is mature.
We have small plantings of Viognier which provide a couple of barrels a year. Viognier is a very aromatic varietal and brings perfume to the blend. Jasmine, almonds and peaches are classic Viognier aromas.
Once again, a little bit goes a long way, and a single barrel in the blend can bring an unmistakable floral note to the wine.
Each year we produce 2 or 3 barrels of Mourvèdre which lends weight, spice and wild berries to the blend, and it’s potent flavour makes a mark on the blend even in very small amounts.
Syrah 57%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Merlot 12%, Petit Verdot 12%, Mourvèdre 2%, Viognier 2%
Elegant with ripe, juicy red and black fruit. Lovely white pepper and sweet, exotic spice on the nose. The entry is intense, with underlying cedar wood, followed by a long savoury, earthy finish with fine grained tannins.